3.1m females need reproductive health services in North-east Nigeria – UNFPA
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says more than 2.3 million girls and 1.6 million women need reproductive health services in Nigeria’s North-east.
Mr Kongnyuy said there were untold millions of women affected by war and disasters that were cut off from reproductive health services globally.
He, therefore, called for more commitment to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994.
The country representative recalled that during the ICPD 1994, 179 countries including Nigeria agreed that population and development were inextricably linked.
He added that the conference adopted a 20-year Programme of Action, which focused on individuals’ needs and rights, rather than on achieving demographic targets.
He said “we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of UNFPA and at the same time we are celebrating 25 years of ICPD 1994.
“The Plan of Action of ICPD 1994 was handed over to UNFPA to coordinate the implementation globally.”
He expressed concern that the Cairo Agenda (UNFPA dream) was yet to be realised for all people in all places, including Nigeria.
According to him, there are more than 214 million women globally who want to prevent pregnancy but are not using modern methods of contraceptive, with 20 per cent unmet need for family planning in Nigeria.
“Worldwide, 800 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth every day, in Nigeria, 111 women die daily during childbirth.
“Total fertility rate is still very high in many developing countries.
Call for intervention
The country representative, therefore, called for full implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in Nigeria because of its link to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He added that UNFPA remained committed to ensuring that the needs of the affected population were met in humanitarian crisis, emphasising that “every birth should be safe, and every pregnancy wanted.”
He said UNFPA was working assiduously to ensure that every young person’s potential was fulfilled and every girl and woman was treated with dignity and respect. (NAN)