By Ifeanyi Olannye
Delta Government has tasked Family Planning(FP) Service Providers on the need to deploy their expertise for safe service delivery to service users, “up takers” in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, gave the charge while declaring open a – five -day training workshop for FP service providers on Tuesday, in Asaba.
Ononye, represented by Dr Paul Ynikori, Director, Community Health Services, Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA), said the training was apt to check the rate of population growth in the country.
He urged the service providers to give valuable advice to their clients, and not to coerce them to choosing but allow them make their choice of family planning service.
According to the commissioner, the purpose of this training workshop is to curtail overpopulation looking at the current economic situation in the country.
“The service provider should see themselves as strategic leaders that can help this nation in that direction.
“Family planning training is one of those ways of making sure that our population is properly controlled but that does not mean we are going to coerce people into it,” he said.
Ononye said that for Nigeria to achieved a healthy and productive population as the nation advances, there was need to plan very well for future development before year 2050.
In her remark, the state Coordinator, Family Planning and Reproductive Health, DSPHCDA, Mrs Patience Eke, said the workshop was to train service providers on Long Acting Reversible Contraception(LARC).
“LARC is the methods we provide for a clients, any women that is within a productive age which is between 15 and 45 years old. We have different types. We have the one that can carry woman for three years, five years, 10 years and 12 years.
“When these women come, we counsel them and allow them to make their choice. We still have other methods, which are injectable, oral, condom among other family planning methods.
“But why we are paying more attention on implant is because of the technical aspect of it unlike injectable and others,” she said.
According to Eke, implant requires lots of technics which need more training and experience providers.
“And before any of our providers can take this service, the provider must have been trained, supervised and certified proficiently.
“This training does stop on paper, after which, we will enter supportive supervision; you know we are dealing with human life, so, it takes a lot of training and practical.
“The training will take us 5 days from where they will practice with dummy.”(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola