Coalition of Civil Society Organisations working on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Zamfara State has given a pass mark to Zamfara State government for its commitment to increase state modern contraceptive prevalence rate in 2016 through allocation of N15million under a newly created budget line for family and reproductive health.
With this development, Zamfara State would be among the very few states in the country having a specific budget line for family and reproductive health.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Gusau at the weekend and signed by the coalition secretary, Malam Namadi Muhammad, the coalition also applauded the support of the State House of Assembly committee on Health and appropriation for their understanding and approval of the N15 million allocated for family and reproductive health.
According to the statement, Zamfara State Modern Contraceptive prevalence rate was 3% based on 2013 National Demographic Health Survey, but explained the state will make rapid progress in the next few years if the approved funds are to be released and judiciously utilised.
However, the group decried gross shortage of health workers in rural communities in the state which has resulted to the deprivation of various health services for women and children, particularly those leaving in remote and marginalised communities in the state.
The statement maintained that out of the 21 General Hospitals in Zamfara State, only seven of them have more than one medical doctor.
‘’In Zamfara State, there was a slight improvement in the number of women using contraception from 2 percent in 2008 to 3 percent in 2013 but only 1.3 percent of them utilise modern methods (2013 DHS).
The trends in current use of family planning in the state shows women leaning towards longer acting contraceptive methods.’’
According to DHS 2013, 85% of married women and 97% of married men are aware of at least one method of family planning in the country. Similarly, up to 80% of married women and 98% of married women in Zamfara are aware of at least one modern family planning method. However, knowledge of implants and IUCD among married women and men is poor with only 24% and 20% of currently married men and women respectively having heard of implants.

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