By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
There is urgent need for more budgetary allocation to health and family planning, to help NIgeria plan better, through checking of population.explosion.
Secretary Society of Gynaecologist and Obstetrics NIgeria (SOGON), Professor Christopher Aimakhu, made the appeal in a paper titled, “Analysis of Family Planning Budget and State of Contraceptive Distribution Logistics in NIgeria” delivered on Day Two of the Online Media Training Programme For Health Reporters and Features Writers on Saturday July 3, 2021.
According.to.him, there has been a steady decline in the amount budgeted for family planning in the country, which he described as worrisome.
“There is decreased allocation and release of funds for family planning,” he said.
On dwindling goverment resources, he said that there has to good partnership with collaborations with the media, CSOs, FBOs, and change perception, so that people will key into family planning.
Professor Aimakhu explained that health benefits of meeting women’s need of family planning include dropping of new born deaths rate by 85 per cent and healthier babies.
“We have to have good investments in family planning, as well as good storage facilities and good supervision.
“We have to deliver good products, right quality and at right cost to meet demands. We also need to have good documentation,” he advised.
In his presentation titled, “How To Write A Captivating Story On Family Planning” Vice Chairman Board of Directors ITV, Engineer Elvis Obaseki tasked media practitioners to ensure they understand the topic they are writing about when informing me public on family planning.
He also said it is important to also quote figures accurately.
Obaseki said every good story will be better appreciated if they are presented with verifiable facts.
“As journalists, look for a way to build relationships with all those who have made presentations at this training over the past two days. It will help us in delivering very good stories.
“Message must remain verifiable. The stories would be more compelling when you give the reader a source that can be reached out to and it would make the story more human angle, through a testimony. When stories are tied to persons who have benefited, it makes more converts,” he advised.
Speaking further, he said that graphics make stories more appealing.
“The use pictures or good graphics hold the readers mind from.the glance on the page. Pick compelling and active photographs to drive your point,” he further advised.
The three-day Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH), National Family Planning Campaign started via Zoom on Friday, with the official launch at the National Press Centre, Radio House, Abuja on Thursday, July 1, 2021 while the Media Training began on Friday July 2 and ended on Saturday.