STAKEHOLDERS in the health sector have commended the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, PPFA, a Non-governmental Organisation for its quest for enhanced reproductive health services for the young people in Nigeria.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a session at the national summit on advancing reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in Nigeria, the stakeholders observed that PPFA was a leading international NGO that had truly demonstrated it concerns on health issues that affects the young people in the country.
One of the stakeholders, Reverend Olawade Joseph, who is the National President of Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners, AGPNP, averred that the latest launch of a website to enhance access to health information and services further demonstrate PPFA’s commitment to the wellbeing of the Nigerian young people.
In a presentation at the special session by one of the panellists and Acting Country Director of PPFA, Mr. ThankGod Okosun, explained that the NGO, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners launched a guideline for the implementation of adolescent and reproductive health services to the young people.
“To further achieve success in this direction, he also developed a document on the Frequently Asked Questions, FAQs, to complement the already launched document to further enhance effective implementation of reproductive health rights and access. This document is also aimed at assisting the healthcare providers at the PHCs level and even beyond.”
Okosun revealed that in order to ensure full implementation of the documents by the states and other relevant stakeholders, the NGO had carried out advocacy visits to the pilot states covering the six geopolitical zones of the country to educate and sensitise them on the need for them to domesticate the national guideline in the states.
Another panellist, Mrs. Titilola Oladejo-Davids who is NAYA-Nigeria National Coordinator, a brainchild of PPFA, affirmed that the organization has been able to educate over 8,000 Nigerian young people on reproductive health issues.