Nigeria: Residents Of Jalingo Now Embrace Child Spacing

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The residents of Jalingo, Taraba state are now embracing child spacing, contrary to previous held myths and misconceptions about family planning in the area.

The Heads of some Primary Health Care Centers in Jalingo and some beneficiaries of the system disclosed this to a team of journalists at a workshop.

They attributed the increase to the high level of awareness as well as the repositioning of family planning and other services in the State.

According to the Head of Family Planning Unit of Sintali Ward Primary Health Care Centre, Jalingo Hajiya Hafsatu Saleh, previously, less than 500 women of child bearing age came for the services in a year.

But Saleh said that about 1,500 women had accessed the services between February and November.

She also told the training workshop which was organised for selected Journalists that with the intervention of some donor agencies such as The Challenge Initiative, Additional Financing -Nigeria State Health Investment Project and others, most of the health facilities at the center had been renovated.

She said that commodities were provided so that the child spacing services could be offered to interested persons free of charge.

One of the beneficiaries of the family planning services, 35-year-old Zalihat Ibrahim, said she had to resort to family planning after delivering her 8th child because her husband was finding it difficult to cope with school fees and other education needs of the children.

He noted that many children ended up in the streets because the family size grossly outweighed available resources to cater for the education needs of all children.

He said that family planning, apart from its economic and social benefits, also reduced the risk posed by child birth on the health of women and the family as a whole.

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