By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) has ended its 1 year pilot program of ‘Sayana Press’ with high degree of success.
The success is because most of clients prefer Sayana Press more than any other injectable methods because of its less side effect.
Sayana Press is an injectable child spacing method, piloted for one year in Kaduna State by PPFN and during the year under review, over 5,000 end-users access the method while there are over 14,000 acceptances.
The Local government includes Kaduna North, Igabi, Kaduna South and Chikun”.
“The pilot program is aimed at increasing Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) among marginalized populations in rural areas especially adolescent girls and women.
It is also contributing to achievement of the specified CPR targets of 36% by 2018, promote use through administration by CHEWs, and non-traditional distribution options”.
This was disclosed to Reportcircle at the stakeholders review meeting of PPFN closing ceremony, 2017 Sayana Press Pilot Program held in Kaduna on Friday.
Speaking to newsmen, the National President of PPFN, Hajiya Aishatu Lawal expressed worries over some families especially, in the part of the North who still believed that family planning is harmful to a woman and attributes it to lack of ignorance.
According to her, those beliefs and norms on the family planning need to be disregarded for the safety and healthy living of mothers who lose their lives out of ignorance while given birth.
The National President lamented that family planning cannot stop any mother or father from having as many babies as they want, saying child spacing practice will only allow breastfeeding mothers body rest and take care of the child for two years before have another baby with less complications or death.
The Director of Public Health Services at the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ado Zakari in his remark disclosed that the State maternal mortality rate has reduced due to the acceptance and usage of child spacing method.
Dr. Ado Zakari said the data which show that the state maternal death has dropped to 280 compared to other years, was a study conducted and confirmed by a pilot project done by Clinton Health Initiative on Community Health Management Information System in ten Local Government Area of the State.
The Director affirmed that the community members were the ones taken the data of all women that die during child birth or during pregnancy during the program, adding that, after the survey, the Ministry was able to compared what the state had before and see that the deaths has dropped drastically and now Kaduna has low maternal death with Southern part of the country.
Dr. Zakari also explained that the State Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) which was 20% before has rising to 24% which is higher than the National Average.
“We are hoping because based on the costed Implementation Plan (CIP), we intend to achieve 42% of CPR and the important of effective child spacing can reduce maternal mortality by 33%, so if the state can effectively implement child spacing, then we have more drop in maternal mortality rate.
Contributing, the PPFN Director of Programmes, Dr. Okai Aku described funding, future availability, accessibility and getting Sayana Press to the end-users as major challenges.
Also commenting, the Reproductive Health Co-ordinator at the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mrs. Cecelia Makus said it has been ascertained that through the use of family planning, about 240 maternal death would be averted, 300 unwanted pregnancy would be prevented while the quality of life of individuals would improve.
Mrs. Makus was of the opinion that this is why Kaduna State encouraged the practice of family planning and assured the sustainability of the project as everything has been put in place to keep it alive through continuous collaboration with all the stakeholders.
Already, she said, the Agency have brought the remaining Sayana Press in their disposal, document it and will continued with the distribution both in facility and to the monthly outreach services that are being conducted in different local government councils of the state.
The Chairman, Volunteer State Co-ordinator of PPFN, Alhaji Kabir Ibrahim described the program as a great achievement hoping that the state government implements it at its level advising that they liaise with the UNPA for the continuation of the project.