The need for men to be well sensitised on family planning and issues relating to it has been emphasised.
Officer in-charge of Primary Health Center, Eziowelle, Idemmili North LGA, Anambra State, Monica Ekwealor, made this known while interacting with journalists at the facility recently.
According to her, the sensitisation will help both husbands and wives to be at par on their knowledge about family planning and enable husbands encourage and support their wives to freely access available family planning services.
Mrs Ekwealor, who is a registered nurse and midwife said that family planning was “all about helping women have children by choice, not by chance”.
She said women could not do it successfully without the full support and encouragement of their men.
She disclosed that although most women in Eziowelle have availed themselves of the family planning services in the facility, most of them are still afraid to come because they don’t have the consent of their husbands, adding that a lot of women sneak in to access the services.
“If they are free to access the family planning services available to them in this facility, it will not only enable them to have their children well spaced but will bring peace and harmony in their homes”, she said.
Mrs Ekwealor identified inadequate water supply, dilapidated buildings, epileptic power supply and insecurity as a result of the dwarf wall in the facility as their major challenges called on government to come to their aid.