The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has sent a strong message to women about family planning.
This Health page obtained this report from PUNCHHealthwise.
Dr Sanwo-Olu urged women to embrace family planning. She said that its socio-economic benefits led to female empowerment and economic enhancement.
She made this known at an event organized to commemorate the 2021 World Contraception Day.
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The wife of the Lagos State Governor stressed the importance of implementing family planning.
Dr Sanwo-Olu said that this made it easy for women to achieve their career goals.
She defined family planning as an informed decision by an individual or a couple. This decision helps plan how many children they want to have and when to have them.
The medical doctor further explained that the practise helps to spread pregnancies. She explained that it involved the use of modern contraceptive methods.
“Family planning prevents birth-related complications for both mother and child. It has the long-term benefits of empowering women and reducing poverty.
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“Families that have the number of children they can afford to train are able to devote more resources to providing them with adequate food, education, clothing, shelter and other necessities.
“There is no gainsaying that family planning enables women to pursue their: 1. educational and 2. career aspirations, acquire more wealth, and in the long run, contribute to the socio-economic development of their immediate communities,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Another dignitary at the event was the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi.
Speaking in line with the theme of the event: “A new Lagos, Family planning, a catalytic pillar for female empowerment and socio-economic development”, he drummed his support for contraception.
Abayomi upheld that every citizen should be conscious of family planning. He also maintained that Family planning is put on the front burner of public discourse.
He revealed the benefits of family planning from a 2018 research. According to the commissioner for health, the state has averted:
1. 167,000 unintended pregnancies.
2. 59,000 abortions and 3. 1,100 maternal deaths.
“Women who space their births can devote more time to pursue their educational and career aspirations, and, in the long run, accrue more resources.
“High fertility rates may hinder such opportunities for advancement, increase health risks for women, and lead to deterioration in the quality of life,” Abayomi concluded.