In a bid to improve family planning, the Kaduna state ministry of health in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria has unveiled Sayana Press.
Sayana Press, a child spacing contraceptive, aims to reduce mother and child mortality.
Speaking at an event organised to unveil the contraceptive, Nafisatu Adamu, the deputy director of programmes, said the main aim of the initiative is family planning and child spacing.
She advised couples to get necessary information before deciding on a child spacing method.
“The woman has so many choices to make if she wants to practice family planning, this is why we are here to support the woman to plan her family. Sayana Press is a three-month progestin-only all-in-one injectable contraceptive that combines the drug and needle.
“Sayana Press is small, light, easy to use, and requires minimal training, making it especially suitable for community-based distribution—and for women to administer themselves through self-injection,” she said.
“Sayana Press can improve access to a safe and effective contraceptive option. It is unfortunate that men prevent the women from family panning but if there is understanding between the man and woman, they can plan their family effectively. Families need to have time for themselves and the only way to have time for themselves is to plan the family.”
Kabiru Ibrahim, state chairman of the organisation, said the child spacing contraceptive is being launched in four local government areas including Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Chukun and Igabi local governments.
“By the grace of God next year we will launch Sayana Press in other local governments. We have trained about 250 community health extension workers and if this is accepted by the people we will extend it.”
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