Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative has appealed to the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi to lift the embargo placed on the employment of health workers in the state, particularly at the primary health centres and facilities across the state’s council areas.
The non-governmental organisation said this was necessary in order to fill the gap created by the shortage of medical personnel in the state government hospitals after the retirement of a sizeable number of health workers.
Speaking as a guest lecturer at a two-day training organised by the Development Communication Network in conjunction with NURHI, Senior Programme Officer, Advocacy and Demand Generation, NURHI, Ibadan office, Mr Rapheal Samuel, also called on the state government to fight against the danger of maternal mortality and establish measures to meet the health demands of the people in the state.
Samuel said, “The campaign for family planning is not to limit or reduce the number of children a family can have but a way to space them for the betterment of women and men and other members of the family. We are not limiting the number of children but what we are saying is to space your children. We don’t want women to die as a result of complications during childbirth.
“Family planning is not a licence to promiscuity, Accessibility to family planning is still a problem. Dearth of personnel is a problem we are facing. When you go to a hospital they will tell you that the person you met the last time has retired and the government has not replaced him. They will tell you that the government is not recruiting and that the last time the government recruited was more than three years ago. We want the state governments to lift embargo on employment, especially in health workers.”
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