By: Oginyi Nkechinyere
Lack of child spacing by parents has been identities as a contributor to the cause of high maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.
Ebonyi State Co-ordinator ‘USAID/Breakthrough Action Nigeria (AN), Lady Chidinma Ukoha stated this in Abakaliki during a public lecture on Sexual Reproductive Health Right and Gender Based Violence traininf workshop organized for media practitioners in the state.
Our Correspondent who was at the workshop report that the workshop was in collaboration with Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ebonyi State Chapter, Department for International Development (DFID), the USAID/Breakthrough Action Nigeria (AN) and NIWA.
Lady Chidinman advocated for child spacing and family planning to control the infant maternal mortality which she noted has been on the increase in the country.
The Co-ordinator who explained that there were low use of contraceptives for child birth spacing, urged the media to provide adequate information for parents to access the child spacing commodities and the consumables.
Also in her remarks, the State Co-ordinator of Coalition of Eastern Non-Governmental Organization (CENGOS), Mrs. Nancy Oko-Onya opined that Gender-based violence such as Female Genital Mutilation has persisted because government refused to take away politics from its policies and programmes against the ugly trend.
She called for concerted efforts to end the menace, saying it poses danger to the girl child and the society.
Meanwhile, Earlier in his lecture, an Obstetrics Gynecologist from National Obstetrics Fistula Centre Abakaliki, Dr. Joseph Agbaeze described sexual violence as any harmful act that results in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering to a woman, man, girl or boy.
He urged journalists to report sexual violence which he observed are abound in communities and which has affected the health of the people to help in fighting the acts.
He disclosed that there are 20 million induced abortions annually 95% which occur in developing countries including Nigeria causing deaths of 800,000 women every year which he described as worrisome.
In their separate remarks, the General Manager of Radio Nigeria Unity FM, Abakaliki, Mr. Ogbuefie Rex Eze, and Chairman House Committee on Health Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Mazi Oliver Eze, Commended CENGOs for its contribution to end Gender Based Violence in the region.
They advised that media practitioners who are Advocates of Gender Based Violence, Sexual Reproductive health right and Child birth spacing should be equipped to do more and urged woman in the state and Nigeria in Nigeria to always access health care facilities in their area and stop patronizing quacks.