TCI- Over 750 thousand embrace family planning in Taraba
By Christiana Babayo
The Taraba State Director of The Challenge Initiative (TCI), Dr Sarki Othman has revealed that over Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand new persons have embraced family planning in the state in the last three years.
Othman disclosed this in Jalingo on Thursday during a media roundtable with journalists on sustaining and advancing the gains of family planning in Taraba.
While commending members of the press for enlightening the people on the positive impact of family planning, Othman noted the tireless efforts of journalists towards the cause.
‘Through your joint efforts with other partners, we have recorded tremendous improvement in the number of new acceptors of family planning in the state. Of course you know that the services are basically free but most people were reluctant to access the services due to certain misconceptions. These have been corrected largely’, He stated.
He explained that the achievement was made possible because of deliberate efforts made towards sensitisation and enlightenment during the period but noted that a lot more still needs to be done.
He added that the initiative will continue with advocacies to ensure reasonable budgetary allocations and disbursement to the cause.
‘We encourage opinion leaders to continue to enlighten the people so that this project is sustained beyond the stay of the TCI and other partners in the state.’ He pointed.
Our correspondent reports that the media roundtable is the second of its kind and is geared towards advancing family planning in the state.