A non-governmental organisation, Health Reform Federation of Nigeria, HERFON, yesterday lamented the over-dependence on foreign donors for funding of contraceptives used for family planning in Nigeria.
Consultant to the NGO, Mrs. Mariam Buba, made the feelings of the NGO known in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital yesterday, during a two-day meeting on family planning budget tracking in the state.
She regretted that the federal tier of government contributes only $3 million for contraceptives procurement annually; leaving the burden on donor agencies, a situation she said does not augur well for tackling population explosion.
She maintained that the situation was even worse at local and state tier of government in the country as they do not contribute to the commodity procurement with exception of Lagos state which has officially disbursed budget monies directly for family planning services.
The consultant also decried the gross shortage of skilled family planning providers in Nigeria, stressing that delivery of quality family planning services depended on the provider skills and training and availability of human resource at the delivery point.
“United Nations Family Planning Agency, UNFPA, estimates that 63 percent of state’s hospitals in Nigeria are not offering implant due to lack of trained personnel.”
Earlier, state chairman of HERFON, Suleiman Mohammed, described the meeting as timely, as it would accord participants the opportunity to develop things that would be used to mitigate the envisaged population explosion in Nigeria.


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