By Yemi Akinsuyi:
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has affirmed the importance of family planning as a means of population control in the country.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu made this known in a keynote address at an event organised by the state Primary Health Care Development Board and National Population Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) to mark 2017 World Population Day.
“As a public health professional, I think we need to do s of inestimable value? Men, how about looking at our women and girl children as a jewel of inestimable value and ensure that your wife stays alive to raise your children,” the Governor’s wife stated.
She also charged women to become aware of their rights by engaging in healthy space of the birth of their children.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Taye Oni in his welcome address, affirmed that the goal of this year’s event which is centered on Family Planning is to look into issues of unchecked population growth with view to reduce its impact.
While noting that the issue of population growth gives rise to poverty among others, he further stressed that institutions must rise up to the challenge of creating awareness on the need for adequate family planning.
The Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu in his address called on all stakeholder most especially religious heads, traditional rulers, political players, public health experts among others to promote among majority of Nigerians, the best practices that can help control a burgeoning population.
“Over population is a fallout of failure to plan for and control family size. A couple who fails to embrace family planning do not only expose themselves to the risk of a bloated family size but also its attendant consequences. The panacea to an overpopulated society is family planning.
“For us in Ondo State, our current data of 30% Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) which towers higher than the national average of 15% is a pointer to the fact that the government and a good number of our citizens have a fairly positive disposition to contraception”, he stressed.
Akanbiemu also used the opportunity to thank the Governor and his wife, His Excellency, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu for making qualitative health care services accessible to all citizens and for immense contributions to the health and welfare of women and children in the state.