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Cross River State reports over 7,000 women using self-injectable birth control



Self-injectable birth control in Cross River State

In Calabar, Cross River State, officials revealed that 7,395 young women have received self-injectable birth control methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

This figure was confirmed by Lucy Bassey Enakirerhi, Director of the family planning program in the state ministry of health, during an event organized in collaboration with the Society for Family Health and Children’s Investments Fund Foundation.

The initiative, implemented between January and April 2024, has seen significant acceptance among women, with more than half opting for self-injection.

Enakirerhi emphasized the success of the program, highlighting a 66% success rate achieved over two years. She explained that a single dose of injectable contraceptives provides protection for up to six months.

Testimonials from beneficiaries like Eunice Effiom and Patricia Etekamba further underscored the effectiveness and convenience of the contraceptives.

Dr. Seun Adeleke, a senior advisor at the Society for Family Health, emphasized the project’s goal of empowering women to take charge of their sexual and reproductive health through self-care methods.

He noted a significant increase in acceptance rates from 21% to 66% as more women embraced self-injection.

Dr. Jonah Offor, representing the commissioner for health, reiterated the government’s commitment to providing free contraceptives at primary healthcare facilities.

He assured that the government would expand the program to cover more local government areas beyond the initial five, building on the foundation laid by health partners.

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