Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, has revealed over 15 million women, 19 years of age give birth every year, globally with over 4 million of them ending up in abortion.
Balarabe, who was represented by a director in the agency, DT. Iliyasu Neyu at an event to commemorate the ‘World Population Day’ in Kaduna organized in collaboration with the agency and funded by Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), through Development Communication (DevComs) Network, added that the essence of the commemoration is to “educate youths to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
“To raise public awareness about dangers of too early childbirth, educate on STD (sexually transmitted diseases), demand effective laws and policies implementation in order to protect girl child rights, ensure access of equal primary education.
“Make sure the easy access of reproductive health services everywhere as part the basic primary health for each poverty, to protect and empower youths of both gender and sensitise them on the need to delay marriages till they are able to understand their responsibilities.”
Speaking on the theme for the year which is, “Family Planning as a Human right”, Dr. Balarabe, noted that, “a basic human right is to be able to get safe and effective family planning. It should also be a voluntary choice.