International humanitarian organization, Rotary International on Friday, August 20, donated intra-uterine devices to ten health facilities in Bayelsa State to aid women’s efforts at having safe and effective birth control.
Receiving the devices on behalf of the government in Yenagoa, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele thanked the organisation for the donation, saying it will be of great use for women in rural areas.
He said the contraceptive prevalence ratio is 36.8%, and indicates the proportion of persons using modern contraceptives in the state, which shows that more work needs to be done.
The Commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Wisdom Sawyer thanked Rotary International for the kind gesture and assured that the devices will be used appropriately.
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While presenting the items, the State Representative, Rotary International, Praise Uzondu said Rotary has been carrying out maternal and child health services since 1994.
According to him, family planning equipment worth N20 million is being donated to 10 facilities in each of the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He noted that health facilities have been specially selected to benefit from this humanitarian service, saying those who will administer the device to women have been trained for the job.
Rtr. Uzondu emphasized that those who have not been properly trained should not be allowed to insert the devices in patients, adding that Rotary International will continue to work hard to reduce maternal and child morbidity in the state and nation.
The Chief Medical Director of the Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Doubra Doukumo said the donation will go a long way for people in rural communities as the birth control there is very poor.
He said in two weeks, two different organizations have donated medical equipment to the state, adding that they are blessed and grateful for the support.
The Executive Secretary, Bayelsa State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Martins Bekesu noted that three months ago the Rotary donated a lot of items during the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination, and thanked them for their tireless contributions.
The Director, Family and Community Health Services, Primary Health Care Board, Mrs. Happiness Masa thanked Rotary for its support in training doctors, nurses, 24 medical record officers and several others.
She said the health facilities which will receive the donations will be monitored on a weekly basis to ensure they put the devices into good use.