BY AMEH IDUJAGI, JALINGO – The First Lady of Taraba State, Mrs Anna Ishaku, has expressed concern over what she described as “the alarming increase” in the number of young girls getting pregnant in the state.
Mrs Ishaku, who stated this while flagging off awareness and sensitisation campaign on childbirth spacing and family planning in Bali and Gassol Local Governments at the weekend, said the high rate of unwanted pregnancies among young girls in the state calls for serious concern.
She said that her pet-project, “Hope Afresh Foundation” in conjunction with development partners which includes Marie Stopes International (MSION), the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA) decided to embark on awareness and sensitisation campaign across the state with the view of reducing the high rate of unwarranted pregnancies among young girls and the need for couples to observe child spacing.
Mrs Ishaku cited Garin Makeri communities in Bali council where a lot of young girls have given birth to plenty children through unwanted pregnancies as not healthy for any society.
The Taraba first Lady, who was represented by her Special Adviser on Administration, Nungrimam Dashe, said; “There are so many under aged adolescent girls who have given birth to young ones in communities spread across the state. There is need for a holistic approach by government and non-governmental organisations”.
Mrs Ishaku also said that the State Primary Health Care Development Agency in conjunction other non governmental groups have trained several numbers of midwives in communities, whom have been assigned with the responsibility of going round the communities to render family planning and childbirth spacing services from house to house.
She noted that MSION is one of the leading organisations that renders family planning and childbirth spacing services in communities, adding that the organisation would continue to penetrate the ‘Hard-to-reach’ areas of the state to make sure that the vulnerable poor and the marginalized communities access the services.
Mrs Ishaku further said; “There are so many under aged adolescent girls who have plenty children in Taraba communities. I want to stress that despite the difficult terrains in the state, the organisation would not be deterred from taking services to them and ensure that they access the services so that they can space their childbirths in their matrimonial home”.
Also Speaking, the leadership of the TSPHCDA said the decision to partner with the First Lady’s foundation (Hope Afresh) is aimed at creating awareness for mothers on child spacing for a healthy family.
The group Led by the Executive Secretary Taraba Primary Health Care Development Agency, Alhaji Aminu Hassan Jauro said the group and the Agency would continue to partner with organizations that mean well for the people of the state.