A non-governmental organisation, Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative (FHANI), has expressed concern over nonavailability of family planning commodities at the national warehouse.
FHANI’s Acting Secretary, Iliya Kure, who stated this in a meeting with a group of media practitioners, Health4All Media Initiative (HAMI) in Kaduna then called on the federal government to make procurement to enable reproductive age women and men who wish to use the services have access to them.
HAMI is a group of media practitioners advocating for improved healthcare delivery in Nigeria in furtherance of Nigeria attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
This is even as he commended the Kaduna State Government for the purchase and distribution of family planning consumables as well as increased first budget line and creating second budget line for training, distribution, publicity and other logistics channel towards improved service delivery.
“FHANI was part of the distribution team of consumables procured by the state government recently and we were involved to represent civil society.
“We are here to say well done to Kaduna State Government at making efforts to make the service available for women who want the service. This will address out-of-pocket expenses that is keeping some women from accessing the services.
“N97.9 million was spent (2018 budget) meaning the allocated budget for the year as far as family planning was concern, is concluded.
“We earlier commended the state government for increase family planning allocation proposal submitted to the State Assembly. N147.6 million is before the assembly for legislation.
“FHAHI is also requesting that, the budget line – N120 million for procurement and N27 million for family planning programmes should not suffer release and cash backing in 2019.
“Consumables are already at the facilities, but, there is out stuck of commodities. We are calling on federal government to procure the commodities and distribute same to the users especially, with emerging intending users on the increase as population increases”, FHANI requested.