NAWOJ, Ipas Partner On Women’S Reproduction Health Rights

…..Harp On Good Family Upbringing

In an attempt to ensure decent and respective society, families have been urged to engage in reproductive health education as a gateway to proper family health care.

A medical practitioner, Dr Fehintola Akintunde stated this in Lagos, during a technical session of a three day workshop organized by IPAS, an international, non-governmental organization that seeks to increase access to safe abortions and contraception.

The workshop with the theme”Women Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights”, was organized for members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, in Lagos.

Dr Fehintola stated that time had come for pregnant women to stop patronizing trado medical and soothsayers on matters related to their pregnancies pointing out that “A woman dies per minute globally as a result of maternal mortality”

He said prevalence of maternal mortality could be drastically reduced if pregnant women only patronize formal Health Care Service providers.

The medical practitioner implored Women Journalists to engage womenfolk especially those of child bearing age, on issues of women reproductive health, pointing out that “Our contraceptive prevention is less than twenty percent in Nigeria in accordance with latest statistics conducted by IPAS.

He said, though a contraceptive method, breastfeeding for a nursing mother is not a guarantee to family Planning except in case of lactational amenorrhea, noting that nursing mothers need to watch out for their mensuration, as women could conceive again after child birth.

IPAS Country Director Lucky Palmer, highlighted factors associated with abortion mortality in developing countries to include lack of access and use of safe abortion services and shortage of trained staff and equipments, and urged government to provide facilities with adequate equipments and trained staff to provide such services.

The National Chairperson NAWOJ, Aisha Ibrahim, who was represented by the Deputy National Chairperson, Dr. Lilian Okonkwo Ogabu, expressed readiness to partner with Ipas in training women journalists across the Nation on reproductive health and domestic violence .

The National Secretary NAWOJ, Comrade Wasilah Ladan, a participant, expressed gratitude to the organizers and promised to stepdown the information to the womenfolk across the nation especially in the rural areas.

Comrade Ladan said journalists will use the apparatus of communication for attitudinal and behavioral changes positively on matters related to the importance of family planning and abortion for the overall development of the society.

The workshop which attracted women journalists from across the states of the Federation, including the FCT.

NIM

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