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.