By PALANG KASMI
DESPITE the importance of Family Planning (FP) and its components in curbing population explosion, the non-involvement of males has been identified as a key factor stalling its success story in Plateau State.
This was revealed by Mrs.RahilaTelfim, Family Planning Coordinator, Primary Health Care Development Board, Plateau State, in a presentation, during a breakfast meeting with Media Chief executives and Editors, and Programme Producers on Family Planning information and services in Plateau state.The meeting was held at RURCON conference Hall, Old Airport Road, Jos.
The paper tagged “Plateau state Family Planning situation”, indicated that men are ignorant about FP services but to make access successful, male involvement is central”.
“Men are family heads yet they are ignorant about FP access and services, therefore to make it work, constructive male involvement is necessary.If they are involved in the processes, they will help to dispel the myths and misconceptions about FP.,” she said.
The paper noted that “Sometimes, skilled health workers that are trained in rendering FP services are inadequate; you see only about one or two of them at a FP facility and them run shifts. So if one of them is not on duty, no services will be given”.
Other challenges affecting access to FP services in the state according to the paper included poverty, inadequate skilled service providers, lack of adequate supply of consumables and ignorance.
While calling on donors to intensify efforts in the areas of training of more health personnel, Telfim revealed that in 2018, about 19.4 people who were supposed to have FP services had unmet needs despite 750 primary Health Care Facilities in the state.
According to the Plateau state FP Budget Performance Scorecard 2018, although Family Planning in Plateau State is financed by public funds through the state annual budgets, the indicator score key reveals partial progress on target of 50-69 percent.
But the scorecard indicates that while there is a funding gap between budget allocation and the Family planning funding need, the gap is largely filled by interventions of FP partners and Civil society organisations in the state.