Good day fellow readers, I thought I would do something slightly different I would not usually do on my blog which is talk about refusals of contraceptives to young girls and ladies in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
I have had a few friends and family members who have told me stories when they tried to request for a morning-after pill or even to buy condoms the pharmacists questioned them of their age let and also in most cases refused to sell them the contraceptives.
I would like to start raising awareness on the improvements on contraceptives for young girls and women in Nigeria to be able to receive free contraceptives in their local towns or villages and educate them on the different types of contraceptives and why it is better to allow a young girl buy a packet of condom than to refuse her
In Nigeria, about 85% of women and 95% of men reported knowing a contraceptive method. But just 15% were using it. The unmet needs of women wishing to stop or delay births by not using contraception are 16%.
Researchers placed the fertility rate in Nigeria at 5.7 children per woman, while the sexual and reproductive behaviour of Nigerians show that majority of men and women practice sex before marriage. This has necessitated the government to encourage the use of contraceptives among all sexually active age groups.
According to the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey, 2013, about 23 percent of teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are either pregnant with their first child or are already mothers, while half of the women between the ages of 25 to 49 years married between 18 to 20 years; thus the need for birth control pills or contraceptive technique to reduce unintended pregnancies, and encourage childbirth spacing.
There’s nothing to suggest that the situation has improved since the 2013 report. This is clear from Nigeria’s continued rates of population growth as well as maternal and infant deaths.
Only 15% of Nigerian women aged 15-49 use contraception for limiting and spacing of birth. A Nigerian woman gives birth to an average of 5.5 children in her lifetime. The country’s annual population growth rate as at 2015 was 2.6%.
Algeria provides a useful counterpoint. More than half – 57% – of married women are using contraception and a woman will give birth to an average of 3 children in her lifetime. The north African country’s annual population growth rate is 1.89.
So what is Nigeria doing wrong? And how can it be fixed?
I am starting a campaign to educate boys, girls (15 and over) parents and pharmacists on the importance of safe sex and not judging anyone who comes to buy or requests for any form of contraceptive and also been able to provide free contraceptives to communities that are unable to get access to it.
Please all I ask is for you to just support by sharing the article and also
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