C'River Govt to sustain king family planning project

Dr. Asibong Inyang, Cross River State Commssioner for Health
Cross River Government has expressed its readiness towards the sustainability of the Sayana Press Provision as a contraceptive for family planning in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Inyang Asibong, gave the assurance  on Wednesday in Calabar at a stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on the sustainability of DMPA-SC (Sayana Press) Provision in Cross River .

Dr. Asibong maintained that the Sayana Press Contraceptive would be sustained in the state in addition to other approved methods of family planning for the overall benefit of the women in the state.

She commended the Action Health Incorporated, UNFPA and other stakeholders for the efforts towards the successful take-off of the project in Cross River.

Speaking, the Chairman of the Cross River State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. (Dr.) Ekpo EKpo Bassey, lauded the efforts of international donor agencies especially the Action Health Incorporated, UNFPA and the state Ministry of Health in ensuring that women in the state no longer through the introduction of the Sayana Press Contraceptive in the State.

Dr. Bassey appealed for a synergy between the state Executive Council and the House of Assembly to ensure that the programme benefits the women at the grassroots level of the state.

His words :“I see this programme as very important and I will not limit it to myself. I will take it to the Speaker to let him know that there is a project like this that will guarantee the lives of our women.

“This is a platform that we can use to address the health needs of the people,” he stated.
Also speaking, Coordinator of UNFPA in the state, Dr. Joachim Chijide, said Sayana Press Contraceptive is so important because it is a better option in terms of injectible contraceptives. 

Dr. Chijide explained that Cross River State was among the ten states selected to benefit in the Sayana Press Contraceptive in the country and congratulated the state government and the partners who have worked towards the success of the project in the state.
On her part, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) representative,Stella Shoneye said her organization was passionate abouting promoting young people’s health and development to ensure their successful transition to healthy and productive adulthood by providing access to the basic information, education, skills and services

Her words : "They need to promote and protect their sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as achieve their full potentiall.Which is why the goal of the project is to present the opportunities to expand voluntary access to Family Planning Services through introduction of DMPA-SC within the rights based approach.

She hinted that six focal local government areas were selected for the project. She enumerated the local government areas to include; Calabar South, Akpabuyo, Biase, Yakurr, Odukpani and Akamkpa.

She noted that out of a total of 34,567 DMPA-SC Commodity supplied in the state, 10,542 have so far been use by clients, while 14,044 were left in the store, 9,565 stocks left and 416 used for training purposes from November, 2016 to July, 2017.
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