Cross River Government reports 7,395 women using injectable contraceptives to prevent pregnancies

Official records show that a total of 7,395 young women have chosen to receive Self-Injectable birth control methods as a means to prevent unplanned pregnancies in various areas of Cross River State.

Mrs. Lucy Bassey Enakirerhi, the Director of the family planning program at the state ministry of health, disclosed this data during an event held in partnership with the Society for Family Health and Children’s Investments Fund Foundation in Calabar, marking the conclusion of a 2-year Empathetic Counseling for self-injection initiative in the state.

She mentioned that this figure represents only the period between January and April of 2024, emphasizing the positive response of women towards the project.

Enakirerhi noted that more than half of the participants opted for self-injection, while the rest received their doses at primary healthcare centers. She highlighted the enthusiastic participation of women over the two-year period, leading to a 66% success rate in the state.

She further explained that a single dose of the injectable contraceptive can provide protection for six months before the next administration.

Testimonials from beneficiaries like Mrs. Eunice Effiom and Patricia Etekamba, both from Akpabuyo LGA, affirmed the effectiveness and convenience of the contraceptives.

Dr. Seun Adeleke, a senior advisor at the Society for Family Health, emphasized that the project was designed to offer women the convenience to manage their reproductive health rights. He highlighted the growth in acceptance from 21% at the beginning to 66% of women choosing to self-inject later on.

The project’s goal was to empower women in making informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health through self-care methods aligned with their preferences, Dr. Adeleke added.

Dr. Jonah Offor, the director of public health representing the health commissioner, Dr. Henry Ayuk, mentioned that contraceptives are provided free of charge at primary healthcare facilities. He assured that the government plans to expand the program to more LGAs beyond the initial five, building on the groundwork laid by health partners.

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