By Ebele Egoh
Enugwu Ukwu (Njikoka LGA), May 15, 2021 (MOI) Reproductive Health Supervisor, Aguata Local Government Area (LGA), Mrs Ijeoma Onuoha has urged women of reproductive age to go for Family Planning (FP) in order to reduce unintended pregnancies.
Mrs Onuoha is also the FP Service Provider and Officer-In-Charge of the Aguata Primary Healthcare Centre, Aguata LGA of Anambra State.
She gave the advice during an interactive session with journalists in her office at Enugwu Ukwu.
The health supervisor explained that “unintended pregnancies can lead to death of mothers because of illness during pregnancies’’.
She added that failure of couples or mothers to plan their families might lead to other social and economic challenges.
To avoid such situations, she urged that health workers should explain the different methods of family planning available for couples or individuals to choose the method that would best suit their needs.
Mrs Onuoha expressed happiness over the successes recorded in the month of April.
“We had 107 females and 56 males that visited the health centre for FP counseling and other services available.’’
She attributed this positive response to an awareness campaign on family planning in the state, noting that many couples now take decisions to visit health centres to assess services.
“This figure is an indication that people are more aware of FP services in the state.
“I am happy that couples can now take decisions to come to the health centres and assess FP,’’ she said.
According to her, there are trained mobilisers in all the communities that offer some of the FP services at their various locations.
The state provides all the FP commodities and this is why the services are free of charge.
She advised all women of reproductive age to talk to others, who still have misconceptions about the safety of FP measures.
In spite of the little successes recorded, Mrs Onuoha also decried the poor state of the PHC.
She, then, beckoned on the state Government, well-meaning citizens of the state and other partners to come to their aid.
“We have leaking roofs; the doors and windows are not good, no source of water, patients’ toilets are also bad.
“Patients will visit a very good health centre that is neat with good furniture.
“This Health Centre needs total renovation for effective and efficient services to our people,’’ she noted.
Being the only health worker posted to the PHC, Mrs Onuoha called on the government to employ more health workers to ensure effective and efficient service delivery. (MOI)