The Federal Government of Nigerian has lamented over the rate at which the population is out-numbering the manpower necessary to support its welfare.
Experts has also warned that by 2040, Nigeria’s population growth would be four times , without commensurate facilities and employment to sustain it.
Armed with this fact, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has called for the use of Community Health Extension Workers, CHEWS, to address the problems of shortage and misdistribution of manpower needed for the provision of access to family planning services in rural communities and other hard to reach areas.
Believing health issue is germane to the sustainability of the country, Adewole made the call in Abuja during a formal presentation of the report of a study by Marie Stopes Nigeria, under the theme: “The Relevance of Operations Research in Family Planning Programming in Nigeria.”
The Minister was represented by Director, Family Health Department, Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi said: “We all know that we cannot continue with the rate at which our population is increasing. It is expedient for us to task-shift the delivery of family planning services in Nigeria to CHEWS. CHEWS are to be regarded as an important cadre of contraceptive implant providers readily available for the expansion of access to family planning services in Nigeria.”
He expressed delight with the result of the study by Marie Stopes Nigeria, which provides evidence needed to demonstrate that CHEWS could safely provide implants to clients, Adewole urged stakeholders to join hands with the Ministry to “expand access to contraceptive implants and to ensure that the country makes quantum leaps in the use of evidence-based interventions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.’’