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Family planning reduces maternal death by 30%, Dr Ejike Oji says

The Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria on Tuesday said family planning has the potential of reducing maternal death by 30 per cent.

Chairman, Technical Management Committee of the association, Dr. Ejike Oji, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

Oji explained that family planning was the greatest fundamental investment for mothers and children.

“If you are able to space your children, you as a mother will be healthier and the children will be healthier too.
“The frequency of visiting hospitals will reduce and if you are working class person, you will have enough time for productivity,” he said.

Oji who reiterated the importance of family planning for families, said it was available in all primary health centres.

According to him, family planning services are free and have been made available by primary health centres provision fund.

Oji said, “In each of the primary health centres in the rural areas, there is a family planning service which is free.

“Unless the community or rural area has no primary health centre, then family planning service may not be available.”

The medical practitioner called on women to avail themselves of services of family planning for a secured future.

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