CPR: Kaduna State need to invest more funds to attain national blueprint – Experts

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By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna.
For Kaduna State to meet its blueprint goal of Contraceptive
Prevalence Rate (CPR) from 20.2 to 46.5 percent, as well as contribute to the attainment of the national blueprint from 15 to 36 percent by 2018, the state government must invest more funds on family planning (FP) services and programs.
The investment of more fund by the Government will save the lives of over 976 women and 6, 980 children by 2018 thereby reduce mortality among women and children by increasing uptake of Family Planning as well as making it accessible to all.
Recently in a paper presentation at a breakfast meeting with
Media executives in Kaduna, organized by Family Health
Advocates Of Nigeria Initiative and Initiative for Social sector
advocacy (FHANI/ISSA), the Chairman of FHANI/ISSA Shehu Usman Muhammad explained that for Kaduna to enjoy full method choice for women and couples, as well as the sizeable potential health and economic benefits of FP, the
government must commit to allocating and disbursing funds for services and creating an enabling environment for programs.
According to him, Maternal deaths in Nigeria are estimated at 576 per 100,000 live births, dying as a result of pregnancy related
complication, while one in eight children died before his/her fifth birthday.
The  presentation tagged , ‘Family Planning (Child Birth Spacing) A Cost Effective Way Of Reducing Maternal Morbidity And Mortality’ the chairman said, if the government commits more funds to FP, Kaduna could save N4.48 billion in direct healthcare expenses by 2018 against the status quo of N3.40 billion.
While stressing that increase in the investment of Government will make every one naira spent on family planning in Kaduna saves N1.33 in direct maternal and infant healthcare costs and that effective methods could increase these saving to N1.83 per N1 spent by 2018.
He however called on both state and local government to allocate adequate budget for the provision of FP services to enable the
achievement the 2018 goal.
Earlier in her speech, the Communication officer of the group, Hajiya Hauwa Saulawa, enjoined the media to continue to champion the cause by evidence based reports in order to draw Government attention on the issues.
According to her, Child birth spacing is the best way to reduce maternal and child mortality especially in the North.
Meanwhile the Media executives present at the meeting assured them of their readiness to support the cause by reporting issues that concern reproductive health of women and children.

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