From Abdulrazaq Mungadi, Gombe
The use of male condoms has been identified as the main method of family planning (FP) otherwise known as birth spacing in Gombe State.
According to medical experts, the campaign for child spacing (CBS) is gaining momentum in the state. Highlighting the state’s move in contraceptive prevalence rate from 4 percent in 2013 to 17.0 percent in 2018.
Experts have linked the success to an increase in outreach activities across the state in recent years.
A document on the FP situation in Gombe State indicates that male condom use was ahead of other methods available in the state.
The document that was presented at a meeting by the state’s FP coordinator, Saadatu Omar Sambo, said about 164,928 male condoms were distributed from January to July 2021, across the state.
She explained that 19,763 female condoms were distributed during the reporting period. She added that other methods such as implants and injectables were 19,739 and 12,481 respectively.
Saadatu said clients who received oral pills were 12,592 while the number of intrauterine devices (IUDs) consumed during the period was 2,024.
While counting and congratulating the state government and other partners for the success recorded in the state, the coordination identified the poor release of budgeted funds as well as the poor provision of logistics and stock-outs of products. and consumables as a major challenge facing the program.
Daily Sun has gathered that of the more than N60 million budgeted for CBS activities in the 2021 state budget, the government has not released anything.
According to the chair of an Advocacy Working Group (AWG), a group set up to advocate for the adoption of CBS in Gombe State, Malam Alhassan Yahya, the non-release of budgeted funds was a major challenge for the proper functioning of the program.
He told the Daily Sun that “We will not give in, we will continue to work in this direction to ensure that before the end of the year we are able to release at least fifty percent of the allocated funds.”
“As a team with the support of our partners like Marie Stopes, Pathfinder and others, we will create a lot of awareness and advocacy on how to generate the memos asking for the release of the appropriate funds to ministries, departments and agencies. of State. ” he added.
Speaking on the benefit of CBS, Sadiya Musa, 27, explained that the use of contraceptives has helped her in the spacing of her children.
“I have enjoyed birth spacing for over five years now and it is healthier in me than having a child by chance. It not only helps keep the woman healthy, but also the family, ”she said.
Sadiya said she had a piece of advice for women who are still struggling to decide whether to enroll in birth spacing methods: “My advice is to give them the key to birth spacing for their own. health and that of their children ”.