Abuja - Dr Ishak Lawal, a gynaecologist with the Garki Hospital, Abuja, on Thursday stressed the need for every family to be planned and children, spaced with the use of contraceptives.
“After the birth of four children, every subsequent pregnancy poses significant risk to the life of the woman,'” Lawal said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He also said that the role of contraceptives in checking population explosion cannot be overemphasised.
According to him, any child weaned off breast milk prematurely as a result of lack of spacing risks becoming malnourished.
“The pregnancy that was carried without enough spacing suffers and the mother will not have enough nutrients to supply to the foetus.”
“So, medically and socially, contraception is very important; but unfortunately, there are some religious and cultural beliefs that make acceptance of contraception difficult in our environment.”
He called on policy makers on health matters to enhance effort in educating the people on the essence of contraception.
“We really need to educate them that it is not about growth explosion alone, but also a necessity for the health of the woman.”
“While all opportunities must be taken to create awareness on contraception, the role of the mass media cannot be overemphasised in this regard,” he said.
He added that the government must ensure that contraceptives are made available for those who need them.
NAN conducted the interview as Nigeria joins other nations in marking this year’s International Day of Contraception which has the theme, “Your Future, your Choice, your Contraception.”