Ogun Records Low Adherence For Birth Control During Lockdown
Family planning service providers in Ogun State have lamented the low turnout of women using various contraceptives methods in this period of movement restriction in the state, which has kept many residents at home.
Two family planning service providers told journalists in Abeokuta yesterday that the development might lead to population surge in the state after lockdown.
According to them, with the high rate of fertility in Nigeria and the low prevalence of the adoption of contraceptives by Nigerians generally, the country should expect a significant increase in the population, as many people were made to stay at home in compliance with the lockdown order as the federal and state governments battle to
contain the raging coronavirus disease.
A Chief Nursing Officer at a family health care centre located at Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta South local government, Mrs Florence Idowu, attributed the low turnout of family planning clients to difficulties in accessing the centre due to the movement restriction order.
She said, “Our major challenge is how to get people to come here. I have used my own vehicle many times to convey stranded clients from their various places to the centre.
“The number of clients coming to the centre to procure family planning methods has significantly reduced since the implementation of the lockdown order.
Only a few clients that have the means of transportation come.”