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query_builder September 12, 2018 17:15:53

By Nonso Asoegwu

Awka, Sept 12, 2018 (MOI)

Some members of State Behavior Change Committee (SBCC) in Anambra have been trained on family planning initiative.

The training has been aimed at equipping the participants with the knowledge they require to generate demand for family planning in their locality.

The training which was collaboration between Anambra State Government (ANSG) and The Challenge Initiative (TCI) was held at the Cihcotel Classique Hotel, Awka.

Declaring the training open, Dr Uchechukwu Onejeme said that ``Family Planning is a tool that assists couple to space their children and have the number of children they want’’.

He urged all the participants to take the training seriously, so that the aim would be achieved.

Dr Onejeme adds: ``make use of various indigenous festivals and meetings of the communities to tell the people about family planning’’.

``The entire goal of the training is to change peoples’ negative perception and behaviours about family planning,’’ he said.

Executive Director, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu was represented by her deputy, Dr Nnamdi Agbafusi.

She urged the trainees to take the message of family planning to the grassroots.

``I am the ninth child of my mother, if Family Planning was known to her, maybe, she might not have had such hign number of children,’’ Dr Agbafusi said.

Earlier, Anambra State Family Planning Coordinator, Mrs Stella Ekweozor gave the participants an over view of Anambra State Family Planning.

He exposed the participants to the current Family Planning Statistics in the state.

Mrs Ekweozor then explored the various Family Planning methods, addressed myths and misconceptions about Family Planning.

State Health Educator, Mrs Scholastica Okoli presented to the participants the Anambra State demand generation activities.

The course gave the trainees the insight on how to create demand for Family Planning in their various local government areas.

The Challenge Initiative (TCI) is a Donor Agency currently in the State.

It provides technical support and other assistance to the state on family planning.

The TCI team are Miss Nneoma Anieto, Mrs Onyedikachi Ewe and Mr Tunji Adeleke.

The participants were made up of Health Educators from 21 Local Government Areas and line ministries staff.

The training also featured inauguration of SBCC group presentation and group photograph. (MOI)