|(Middle) Mr. Haastrup and Mr. Yaya flanked by other Officials from the LDCA at the |
Following its plans to improve reproductive health services in the country, the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative 2 (NURHI 2) has established a Family Planning Clinic at the Okokomaiko Primary Health Centre, Iba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos.
NURHI 2 says its effort is born out of the need to reduce the high rate of maternal and child mortality in Lagos State through the up-take of family planning. The Senior Programme Officer, Advocacy, NURHI, Lagos State, Mr. Wale Haastrup, said: “NURHI promotes the use of FP in the communities where we work.”
For us to promote the use of FP services, he continued that they have to upgrade the facility to the basic standards they should be. “This will help the providers deliver optimal quality services to clients and patients.”
He, however, decried that when the right equipment are not available, quality of health delivery is affected. “The Federal Government said FP should be free at all levels. But when the facilities do not have the right equipment to help provide these services, it will affect choices and quality delivery.”
“So, NURHI has provided these commodities and equipment to facilitate all necessary services for those who want them. It will benefit mothers, children, fathers and the family as a whole," he said.
As a tool to reduce maternal and child death, the Chairman of Iba LCDA, Mr. Ramota Oseni, commended NURHI for the gesture of renovation and creating FP department. “We really appreciate this Initiative. It is laudable. It is goo for other bodies to recognise that the government cannot do it alone and that is why we are happy with NURHI 2’s initiative.”
Oseni, represented by Mr. Isiaka Yaya, the Vice-Chairman, said: “Now that this facility has been remodelled and FP department established, our people will be coming here. We need more of this kind of initiatives and commitment from necessary stakeholders in the health sector. Even we, the government, have plans for the health sector in out communities.”
The Baale maintained that the people would be committed to ensuring that the unit was sustained and people were mobilised. “We shall encourage to use the services.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Nursing Officer, Okoko Ward B, Mrs. Kent O. Mifirinso, lauded NURHI 2 for the emulative step in repairing and creating FP department in the centre. “The town hall was decided to be used as health care centre because they have a lot of health cases. When they have serious cases they are referred to another place to be taken care of.”
According to her, since NUHRI built FP unit for us, we have had up to 15 people access FP here. "Although sometimes we feel dejected, NUHRI has given us hope with this renovation and good toilet facility."
Now, the centre opens from Mondays to Fridays."We give the women all the items for FP for free including the commodities. We just plead that NURHI and any other orgamisation should provide more commodities for the consumers. Like some of the women, who come here appreciate our efforts with N200 or N100. We gather all of it and buy some plastic buckets, disinfectant and others small items.”