World Population Day: Government, Community, Individuals Tasked To Ensure Family Planning As A Human Right Is Respected

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Participants at the DEVCOMS World Population Day annual Media Forum in Kaduna on July 11, 2018.

By: JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Government,  community  and individuals all have roles to  play in  ensuring that family planning  as a human right is respected.

Executive  Director, Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr.  Hadiza Balarabe expressed this in a paper presentation  at the Devcoms  annual  Media  Forum to mark  World Population Day on July  11 in Kaduna.

Represented by a Director  in the agency, Dr  Iliyasu  Neyu, the Executive Director said that the government has a role to play in promoting the human right aspect of family planning through policies and adequate  funding.

For individuals, he said that they should call for high  quality  services,  insist  on service providers to provide what they are entitled to.

Speaking further,  he said the rising spate of insecurity in the country can also be linked to  over population.

“The resources  available are over stretched  and people have to look for other means to survive,” he added.

He tasked  all stakeholders to contribute their quota to ensuring the issue of population is given due  attention.

Coordinator  of the Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF),  Sekyen Dadik in an opening remark, said that the annual Media forum  which  is a Development Communications (DEVCOMS) Network project  supported  by NURHI  looked at family planning as a human  right.

“Women  are not aware it is a human right,  the media has a responsibility to educate them that it is a human right,” she said.

Dadik pointed out that since over population has its effect and overbearing on every part of life like diseases,  poverty and crime,  it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that proper child spacing is adopted.

 

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