By Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna, NorthWest, Nigeria
The Child Spacing Media Forum (CSMF) has expressed unhappiness over consumables procured for child spacing by the Kaduna State Government which are yet to be distributed because no funds were budgeted to distribute them.
The forum which is committed to promoting maternal and child health and also appealed to the state governor Nasir El-Rufai for the need for training and retraining of service providers.
According to the forum, “the issue of training and retraining of service providers in child birth spacing took the centre stage of the Child Birth Spacing Media Forum meeting in Kaduna for the month of June.
The meeting frowned at several cases of failed child spacing, and the negative impact it is having on the campaign which the forum is championing.
An example of a client who was accessing the service at the Sabon Tasha General Hospital located within Kaduna metropolis was discussed, where a client who was on ‘child spacing ‘ took in six months after being delivered of a baby.
She was said to have experienced bleeding shortly after the insertion of one of the methods of child spacing.
When she was said to have visited the hospital in Sabon Tasha and complained of bleeding, the service provider told her it was normal, without providing any treatment or even checking her.
“Training of those to handle the clients required and it costs money.
“If you are sending a service provider to go and supervise, who takes care of the transportation, accommodation and other logistics? ” a member of the forum said.
The forum noted that it was important that service providers from the 530 service points for family planning in the state are trained and retrained.
The Media Forum meets every last Friday of the month to review and proffer solutions to the child Spacing programme in Kaduna State.