Family planning/child-spacing‘ll promote healthy living, societal development says TCI/DEVCOMS

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Family planning/childbirth spacing has been described as a panacea to under development and unhealthy living in the society.

This is a submission made at the end of a 3-Day Training of Media Personnel, Social Media Influencers and MDAs Officials on Media Advocacy for Family Planning held at Cihcotel Hotel, Awka the Anambra capital.

The workshop was organised by a Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), The Challenge Initiative (TCI) and Development Communication Network (DEVCOMS), Nigeria in collaboration with Anambra State Ministry of Health, to acquaint the public with family planning/childbirth spacing.

The workshop, which took place from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19 was declared open by the Director, Public Health and Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Awka, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejimbe.

He commended the organisers of the workshop for bringing such an exercise to the state, while urging the participants to take the training seriously to achieve its purpose.

Anambra State coordinator of family planning, Mrs Chioma Okedo took the participants on the terminologies in maternal health, family planning and adolescent reproductive health as well as other topics related to family Planning.

The DEVCOMS facilitator, Mr Mayowa Adeniran delivered lectures on family planning in Nigeria: Trends, Practices, Attitudes and Barriers Related to Family Planning.

DEVCOMS facilitator also engaged the workshop participants on how to report family planning and story ideas’ development.

Also the coordinator of TCI, Mr Anota Egbe took the participants on understanding the challenge initiative business unusual model to family planning.

TCI coordinator and DEVCOMS facilitator also discussed with the journalists their expectations over the next five months, coverage and reporting family planning and way forward in advocating family planning and related issues.

The participants embarked on field trips to Maternal & Child Health Care Centre, Amawbia and Ogidi.

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