By Murtala Muhammad
The First Lady of Bauchi State, Hajiya A’isha Bala Mohammed has expressed determination to sustain demand creation for uptake of Child Birth Spacing, CBS services by women of reproductive age with a view to enhance their health status.
Hajiya A’isha made the commitment at the dissemination meeting to mark the end of The Challenge Initiative, TCI four-year project in the state, held at Emergency Operation Centre in Bauchi.
She said women of child bearing age are prone to health problems, hence the need for them to consult health professionals to advise them on modern methods of CBS to improved their health status and that of their babies.
According to her modern methods of contraception have been proven to be safe and effective, also called on women to ensure good communication of same to their husbands to plan the number of years between each delivery for healthy growth of the family.
The acting Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Dayyabu Mohammed Hassan, who described TCI project as high impact intervention assured the state’s readiness towards achieving sustainability.
The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Development Agency, of Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed stated that as part of commitment to ensure sustainability of TCI’s Seventy-two-hour Makeover model, where CBS clinic in Primary Healthcare Centres were renovated in three days, the state Governor had given the agency an approval to do two additional CBS clinics using the same model.
Also speaking, the Bauchi State Coordinator of Family Planning, Mrs. Hajara Yahaya said the achievements recorded in the last for years working with TCI were numerous ranging from Budget line for CBS, 50% improvement in CBS uptake by women of reproductive age, releases of funds for the procurement of commodities and consumables among others.
Mrs. Yahaya noted that out of the twenty six and renovated CBS clinics in the state owned Primary Healthcare Centres, six were executed by the state government.
In his remarks, The State Project Coordinator of TCI, Yakubu Usman Abubakar who expressed delight over the myriad of achievements recorded in the last four years of the project’s implementation in Bauchi, argued that without the conducive environment provided by the government and support by all stakeholders, attainment of such feat would not be realised.
The meeting had in attendance, traditional and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders in the health sector.
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