By Gabriel Olawale
To help reduce the high rate of maternal, infant and child mortality in Lagos through the up-take of family planning, Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, NURHI in continuation of its renovation process of family planning clinics at the Primary Healthcare Centres across Lagos State has recently given Itire Ijesha PHC, Era PHC, Ishasi PHC and Mushin General hospital new looks.
Speaking during the commissioning of the clinics, Programme Officer (Service Delivery) at NURHI, Dr. Duduyemi Adeola said that family planning is not only beneficial to mother and children but also to the father and the family as a whole.
Adeola hinted that spacing a child through family planning methods help the mother to regain her health after delivery and also gives the women opportunity to love and provide attention to her husband and children.
“Healthy mothers produce healthy children and family planning also gives children opportunity to get all the attention, security, love and care they deserve. For the father. It enables the burden and responsibility in supporting family. Enable him to give his children their basic needs.”
She said that the NURHI 72-hours makeover initiative aimed at renovating family planning clinics in order to make it appealing and conducive for women, “The local governments and the PHC selected for the make-over were based on the population of women of reproductive age. NURHI is currently carrying out intervention in 10 LGA of which five facilities will be renovated in each LGA making a total of 50.”
She however tasked the State and Local governments to replicate such initiatives in other centres across the state, “the whole renovation did not take more than 72 hours, which started at the close of work on Friday and before the staffs resume work on Monday, the whole renovation has been carried out.”
Appreciating the gesture, the Sole Administrator of Mushin LGA, Mr. Yinka Kazeem pledged that they will compliment NURHI gesture by ensuring that special generator and other necessary things required for smooth running of the centre are made available.
“Through the CDA meeting we are going to create more awareness among our women on the benefits of such facilities.”