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The Lagos State Government has said men and religious bodies were vital to ensuring compliance with family planning, especially by rural area dwellers. The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Titilayo Goncalves, said this during a courtesy visit of a non-governmental organisation, the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family at Scale, to her office.

Gonclaves stated that men and faith-based bodies had a strong and decisive influence on women’s actions.

“We have seen that men and religious bodies are essential if we must make any headway in the compliance with family planning. We have seen how men take their wives back to the hospital to discontinue the planning, saying they never consented to such. Also, religious bodies have called in to say we cannot determine what they do with their bodies, especially when their faith frowns against such planning. Our plea is to harp more on the need to adhere and imbibe all the advice given to them.

“Of course, we know we cannot do it all alone. That is why when we see organisations like yours, we feel encouraged and happy that whatever we are doing, it is being appreciated,” Goncalves said. The leader of the delegation, Dr Shina Ogunbiyi, said they were aware of the efforts of the state government in the health sector and were ready to support her to address the challenges.

He added that the unmet need for family planning in Lagos State had increased by 4.7 per cent over the last five years. “This means services are not able to keep pace with the demands of women seeking family planning methods, she added.

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