Family planning experts in Nasarawa state, Monday, urged spouses to embrace family planning services.
They specifically emphasised the need for husbands to always support their wives in the practice.
Speaking during her presentation at a three-day workshop on family planning in Lafia, state coordinator, The Challenge Initiative (TCI) Dr. Deborah Hassan encouraged families, especially husbands to support their wives to access planning services to the good of their family and society in general.
She said TCI was out to strengthen the capacity of states on family planning issues as well as to build the capacity of Journalists on how to report family planning issues better.
She said the misconception surrounding family planning husbands had in the past, is gradually being corrected and called on them to continue with the spirit.
Dr. Deborah commended family planning services providers in Nasarawa state for sensitizing more families on the need to go for family planning services in the state.
Development Communication expert (DevCom) Mr. Edoh Joseph Baba appreciated the level of men involved in accessing family planning in Nasarawa state, saying this will change the wrong notion on family planning.
Blueprint gathered that lack of awareness, fear of side effects, religious prohibition, cultural myths, believes that family planning is the issue of women along to some extent is a taboo in the society.
Investigation also revealed that desire to get more children equally affects husband involvement in family planning use.
According to one of the clients at Kwandare facility who came to access family planning Maimuna Mohammed, 33, the negative notion that her husband had has been corrected.
She explained that now husbands play an influential role in women’s access to health care, such as family planning services.
Mr. Isa Audu who accompanied his wife to access family planning in Doma road PHC facility Lafia, said majority of men need to be encouraged to play a more active role in the discussion of family planning in the state.
“Husbands involvement in family planning is now understood as an important area among reproductive health programs,” he said.
He said the benefits of family planning would not only reduce infant morbidity and mortality, but help parents make informed choices, as well as enhance child growth and development.