August 19, 2011 – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has expressed concern over the low rate of contraceptives usage in Nigeria, saying it is negligible.
Dr Bannet Ndyanabangi, UNFPA’s Deputy Representative in Nigeria, said on Thursday in Abuja that the availability of contraceptives was low in Nigeria compared to what obtained in other countries in the region.
“The contraceptive prevalence rate, which measures the usage of contraceptives, is about 10 per cent and that includes even the method which we don’t call modern,” he said. “Modern contraceptives are those which we are sure to work; and therefore this is low compared to other countries in the region.”
He explained that UNFPA in collaboration with other partners had made resources available for the procurement of contraceptives worth 10 million dollars annually.
According to him, new purchases based on demand have been made and the partners are still thinking of how to distribute the drugs to ensure that they are available in all hospitals.
“The procurement, based on the demand, has been done,” he said. “We are still struggling with the issues of distribution to ensure that contraceptives are available at all facilities. But in terms of the forecasting and in terms of the procurement, this is being done. Resources are available.
You might want to be informed that again the government of Nigeria has put three million dollars to procure contraceptives in addition to what the partners, what the donors are offering.”
Ndyanabangi said the partners, in conjunction with the federal government, would consider how to enlighten people on the importance of contraceptives so that they would be acceptable to them.
UNFPA considers the use of contraceptives as a way of improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality ratio in the world. Daily Times