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PLANNING/REVIEW MEETING ON FAMILY PLANNING IN ANAMBRA

 


REPORT OF THE PLANNING/REVIEW MEETING OF MEMBERS OF MEDIA ACTION COMMITTEE FOR FAMILY PLANNING, ANAMBRA STATE, HELD ON THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021, AT ABS HALL, AWKA, BY ROSE ORANYE AND OBIANUJU AZUKAEGO


The meeting commenced  by  10. 07am with an opening prayer said by Kenechukwu Ofoma.

Mr Chukwudi Chukwuenem facilitated the introduction of members after which he gave the objective of the meeting as "strengthening the already-built capacity of the members."

This was followed by group discussions.



At this juncture, the TCI representative, Mrs Kachi Ewe, said the members were expected to develop workplan for April/May.

According to her, there should be three activities- two round table meetings and  media tours. This meeting should capture updates on the past media tours and the challenges identified.


She said the workplan would help to promote subsequent advocacy for family planning in the state.

In her remarks, the coordinator of the committee, Mrs. Franca Madike, urged the participants to submit at the end of the review what are expected of the government to achieve sustenance of family planning campaign in the nooks and crannies of the state.




Mr Chukwudi Chukwuenem while making presentation on behalf of Group B, observed there are lack of support from husbands to wives on DP issues which was caused by myths and misconceptions, men thinking their wives would begin to cheat or may not be able to conceive again  after doing FP, and lack of sexual satisfaction. 


He also identified low turn out of women for FP and poor attitude of health workers resulting from poor remuneration and stress due to too much workload occasioned by understaffing.


Mr. Chukwuenyem, on-behalf of the Group B recommended that radical advertisement should be done in health facilities  whereby family planning methods should be inscribed on notice boards to attract attention.


He said government should employ more man power to face the task and that

 good spirited individuals should also compliment the efforts of governments and health sponsors such as TCI, DEVCOMS and others.


According to him, more sensitisation in rural areas by community heads, market leaders and others on FP is required.


The group developed a workplan to visit PHCs in Agulu, Anaocha LGA and Nimo, Njikoka LGA in the third week of April.


Also Group A, at the review meeting, discussed the challenges they found out when they visited Christ Church Health Centre, Onitsha South LGA.


Mrs. Ebele Ego presented the challenges and recommendations on-behalf of Group A. 


She said the challenges they faced on the media tour to the facility was a transportation problem as there was no readily available vehicle to convey them to the facility.


She said that the officer in-charge of the facility complained of low turn out of women accessing FP in the area.


Mrs. Ego noted that there is inadequate manpower or personnel at the facility.


Ignorance and non-compliance by the male spouses contributed to the low turn out.


Family challenges such as mother in-laws trying to control the number of children their daughter in-laws will have was one of the obstacles to full accessibility of FP.


She said that some religious beliefs also discourage FP except the natural method.


She also identified lack of knowledge on the right methods of FP for the women as a problem.


According to her, inadequate logistics in the facility is also an obstacle


Misconceptions about FP methods as people complain about the side effects of it without knowing that the side effects may be just for the mean time.


Lack of sustainable sensitization was also identified as a problem.


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Group A said that there should be timely and comfortable transportation logistics for the media visit.


They stated that, there is the need for more appraisal, that is re-visiting the health centre to know the latest development.


The group recommended  advocacy visits to sensitise the stakeholders on FP.


The presenter suggested the need to sustain the sensitization.


They submitted that health workers should be properly trained, retained and well supervised.


Group A solicited more advertisement through jingles, media chats to sponsor family planning.


They developed a work plan to embark on



media tour to Mbaukwu General Hospital in April, 2021 and Umuawulu General Hospital in May, 2021.


Because of the many engagements of many of the members, who had to leave for other things and those who could not help to come behind schedule, the meeting was kind of held in two sessions, morning and afternoon sessions.

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