Although N4.6 billion Naira would be required to ensure that Kaduna State hits a 24 per cent rating in Contraceptive Prevalence rate, the state is setting the pace in the country in budgeting for Family Planning (FP) programmes.
A media specialist, Mr. Iliya Kure reeled out the figures while delivering a lecture titled: ‘Case Study: The link between family planning and maternal health’, at a two-day Training of Kaduna Bloggers on Effective Family Planning Projection on Thursday.
He disclosed that Governor Nasir el-Rufai budgeted the sum of 100 million Naira for FP Programmes in the state, to be expended on consumables.
Mr. Kure said that the state with the next highest commitment to FP programme has budgeted just approximately a third of what Kaduna would be spending.
Speaking further, he said that the N4.6b is targeted at increasing the state’s CPR rate from the 507,017 to 856,183 women by 2018.
He explained that an analysis carried out by Palladium Group is projecting that for the growth to be appreciable, 350,000 women need tobe added to CPR users in the state between 2016 to 2018.
He explained that the government can save a lot of money if it budgets N965 on each woman, which will in the long run translate to saving N18,000 to save a child’s life or N130,000 to prevent maternal mortality for each woman.
“Benefits of FP include averting 700,000 unintended pregnancies, save lives of 4,000 mothers and 28,000 children,” he said.
Still counting the gains of FP, he explained that by 2018, for every N200 spent by government on the scheme, it would be saving nearly N346 in healthcare cost.
The Media Specialist said that the success being recorded in FP in Kaduna can be attributed to renewed commitment from the Kaduna State Government, with collaboration from international partners.