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The Executive Chairman of Itu Local Government Area, Hon. Barr. Etetim Onuk has called on adolescent girls, women and men to ensure they take advantage of medical services provided by the Primary health centers accross the Local Government and seek expert advice on proper birth control and healthy child spacing.
Speaking during the commissioning of a project at the Primary Health Center, West Itam, on Monday, the Chairman who was represented by the Vice Chairman of Council, Hon. Mrs. Emem Ekpanya applauded representatives of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) for making Itu a beneficiary and expressed gratitude to the sponsors; the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Norwegian Government for their support for the campaign to minimize or stop teenage pregnancies and abortion, as well as enhance access to quality family planning and encourage healthy child spacing in the State.
Barr. Onuk called on traditional rulers to help sensitize their respective communities on the need for adequate medical advice on pregnancies and the need to avoid unwanted pregnancies and encourage healthy maternal health.
In his address, the Sub Office Coordinator UNFPA, Mr. Kenneth Ehouzou said the program is aimed at partnering with everyone to enhance family health, birth control and increase the use of contraceptive medications. He commended the State Government for their sustained support, spanning over ten years while assuring the agencies continuous support for to communities in Akwa Ibom State.
Other Council officials present during the event include; the Supervisor for Health, Dr. Daniel Umoren, Special Aide to the Chairman on Community Health Services, Dr. Ekop and the Local Government’s Director for Health, Mrs. Emilia Clement Edem.