There is the need to take all necessary measures in providing health care services available in all facilities especially contraceptives during this covid 19 lockdown period ,or else we will witness high increase of unintended pregnancies in the next few months to come”
Those were words of medical experts during a webinar presentation organized by the Network of Reprooductive health journalists of Nigeria in commemeration of this year’s world population day celebrations.
Speaking during the presentation The Assistant Representative and Lagos State coordinator,United Nations Fund UNFPA, Dr Omotosola Omosehin was in the opinion that unavailability of contraceptive and other needed health services during the lockdown period may lead to unsafe abortion which may lead to lost of lives.
Dr Omosehin noted that alot of women and girls of child bearing age were not able to access family planning services in hospitals ,saying the trend may lead to contacting vital infection.
The medial expert appealed to the federal government to expedite action in addressing the challenge.
Dr Omosehin added that recent report conducted by UNFPA Reveals that over 47 Million women could lose access to contraception in 114 low and middle income countries .
Speaking during his presentation ,former Country Director (Ipas?) Nigeria, Dr. EJIKE OJI
said unsafe abortion had consequencies.on maternal health as women’s health was being affected.
Dr Ejije oji who has been in the system for decades called for increased use of modern contraceptive methods in preventing unplanned pregnancies.
The medical expert appealed to Federal Government to put in place mechanisms that would make family planning commodities available to women and girls despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kano Daily Recalled that World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.
This year’s theme is, How to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now, focuses on how to protect sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls amid the pandemic.
The webinar conference attracted participants from from different parts of the country.