Child Spacing Save Me from Untimely Death, Mother of 7 Children Decry

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By: Joy Odor/Kaduna

A mother of 7 children, Hajiya Raraban Ayodeye has narrated that since she started using child spacing method, her life has been saved from untimely death and that of her family has change positively.

According to Hajiya Raraban Ayodele who was child spacing client for 6 years with the consent of her husband told journalists that she started using child spacing 2011 with 3 months method and later change to 5 years method which is still in her body after she had her 7 children and since then her life has change, her body is intact while the family is witnessing economic development.

She informed the Team of Journalist who visited Primary Health Care (PHC) Mando, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Assessment Tour of Family Planning facilities supported by Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) that she was introduced to child spacing when she visited Kawo General Hospital and quickly embrace it.

Hajiya Raraban Ayodele stressed that she took up child spacing because of its numerous benefit for the child bearing mothers, her family, to State and Countries that is committed to child spacing, lamenting that she want to be alive to train her 7 children with healthy body.

Mrs Victoria Yakubu, Accessing Child Spacing Method at PHC Mando

“Since l started using child spacing, there are a lot of change in my body, l feel alive, l will go to sleep without worrying about getting pregnant, l am always happy now unlike before, my children are being given attention but most especially, my husband is happy to go to work without worrying about us. I am really grateful for having this opportunity.

“Today I have seven children, I have control and l am becoming healthier” she added.

“I will urge every other woman who is not doing it, to start for the sake of their health, and they should not be afraid because the side effect is minimal and can be treated as soon as they are detected. Hajiya Raraban advised.

Also speaking, the Officer in Charge of Child Spacing Unit, Mrs. Ladi Dauda revealed that NURHI, in November 2016, handed over complete building renovated at the PHC to management to improve in the accessibility of Child spacing and to reduce child and maternal mortality among mothers.

in Charge of Child Spacing Unit, Mrs. Ladi Dauda speaking to journalists at Mando PHC

According to her, child spacing unit was in shamble at that time and thanked NURHI for coming to the aid of the centre, saying their touch did not only transformed the unit, but placed the entire PHC on a very stable condition.

Mrs. Ladi Dauda said because of NURHI intervention, Child spacing acceptability service increased with over 90%, saying, “clients flow rate was very low before NURHI came in, but today, we receives over 270 clients per month” She said.

She called on other non-governmental organizations, wealthy individuals; especially Kaduna State Government for expansion of child spacing unit in the PHC Mando, saying the only one room provided by NURHI is not accommodating the number of client accessing the service.

Mrs. Ladi Dauda enjoined the state government to continue to make available child spacing consumable and commodities for the end-users, stressing that it has saved a lot of mother’s lives, reduced maternal and child death in Mando and other communities in the state.

the Officer in Charge of Child Spacing Unit at Rigasa PHC, Nurse Tawalkatu Imran demonstrating to journalists of different types of child spacing during the tour

When visited General Hospital, Rigasa, the Officer in Charge of Child Spacing Unit, Nurse Tawalkatu Imran informed that since NURHI commenced child spacing intervention at the hospital in 2016, services has greatly improved as the unit now have the capacity to attend to about 400 clients monthly, as against less than 60 clients they use to get.

“Before NURHI intervention, we were confined into one small office and people find the place very uncomfortable, but today we have two befitting offices and a toilet provided by them.

“Because of the kind of services we are providing here, the attitude of people in giving birth has drastically changed. And they get almost free services, unlike what they get in private hospitals” She stressed.

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