The Federal Government is set to embark on a new National Family Planning Communication Campaign, named “The Green dot” which is aimed at decreasing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rate by ensuring that about seven-point-three million women have access to family planning in the country.
The Director of Family Health Planning of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Abebimpe Adebiyi, said during a news conference on Friday in Abuja that the campaign would close the contraceptive gap in the country. Adebiyi lamented that most Nigerians do not have the basic knowledge about the importance of family planning.
She noted that the fear of side effect, norms and belief, misconception among others are the major factors affecting the use of contraceptives in Nigeria. Adebiyi also said that the new campaign would serve as the official marker for public and private locations where people can obtain family planning services that are Safe, affordable and effective in Nigeria.
The Director, Media and Public Relations of the ministry, Mrs Boade Akinola, urged the media to address misconception about family planning by educating people on the effects and to promote empathy and understanding among men.