Commissioner Extols BA-N For Provision FP Services To Women
By Enefiok Ndon
October 09, 2020
The commissioner for health
has eulogized the Break
through Action Nigeria
(BA-N) for the successful implementation of Family Planning
(FP) programmes in the state.
Professor Augustine Umoh
made the remark at the closing
out ceremony of the BA-N in
Uyo recently, noted that the organization had complemented the
government in the provision of FP
services to women in the state.
Umoh observed that population control was a challenge in the
world and therefore entails the
need for it to be in the front burner
of developing nations.
He commended the management of BA-N for including Akwa Ibom in its intervention
programme and for ensuring that
3,961 women access F.P. out of
9, 920 that identified in the communities.
Umoh who extolled the organization for the good work done in
the state, said the goverment was
prepared to partner international
agencies in the effort to bring
healthcare to the people.
He appealed to the organization to close in once again with more services as the government
was always prepared to partner
international organizations for
The special assistant to the governor on multi-lateral donor
agency, Mr Nnana Udom, who
lauded the agency for bringing its
to Akwa Ibom and assured that
the government will continue to
create an enabling environment for
donor agencies to operate.
The state coordinator, BA-N,
Mr Bassey Nsa, stated that the
organization as the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID's) flagship on
Social Mobilization and Communication (SBC) programme in Nigeria had successfully implemented FP project in the state.
According to him, the organization which operates in 11 states
of the federation including Akwa
Ibom, focuses on malaria, family
planning and tuberculosis.
Nsa at the event with the
theme: Sustaining Family Planning Gains in Akwa Ibom State,
noted that the programme was
executed in collaboration with
State Ministry of Health, State
Primary Healthcare Development
Agency, donor agencies and volunteers.
Towards the successful implementation of the project, the coordinator hinted that 156 community volunteers were engaged in
58 wards of 12 local government
Nsa further informed that capacity building for service providers, an aggressive media advocacy was embarked upon to ensure effective service delivery.
The assistant state coordinator,
Family Planning , BA-N, Mrs
Pascaline Edim, stressed that the
outing aimed at communicating
the change status to stakeholders
and the presentation of family
planning scorecard as a driver in
the sustenance of family planning activities.
Edim hinted that the volunteers
who conducted community mobilization were passionate in prosecuting the assignment. Mrs
Comfort Akpan , state officer and
Marie Stopes congratulated BAN for the successful execution of
FP project in Akwa Ibom which
has seen many women taking
family planning services.
She maintained that as BA-N
was out, the service providers
should continue with the work to
achieve the desired goal and objective in the family planning.
The state coordinator, Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RHFP), Mrs Grace Okon, stressed the need to leverage on
the operational platforms provided by BA-N to sustain the
She observed that the FP services needed to be expanded to
other local areas, the volunteers
should be retained for engagement
by other service providers.
The BA-N recommended the
provision of consumables for FP
unit or the integration of services
at the PHC and the continuous
engagement of trained personnel.
It also emphasized the need for
routine visit , supervision of
health facilities for optimum functionality.
She explained that the family
champion award was designed to
recognize and encourage the
stakeholders to continue doing
their best in different capacities.
The ceremony featured the presentation of "Family Champion
Award to 20 health personnel;
including the permanent secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr
Patrick Essiet, the director, public health, Dr Godfrey Akro and
the state health educator, Mrs
Margret Etim, and a Post -
Humous Award to the late Mrs
Emem Ituh, who worked in the
Reproductive Health and Family