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The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) said lack of logistics to move family planning commodities from the central stores in Lagos to the local far-to-reach areas of the state, is the main challenge hindering the availability of the products in facilities where they are needed.

The Team Lead of NURHI in Lagos, Dr. Omansanjuwa Edun who disclosed this in Lagos recently, said the cost of moving those commodities from the central stores to all the facilities in the local governments in their state, continues to be an obstacle making it difficult to achieve availability of FP commodities in nook and cranny of Lagos.

The impact of this development has been far-reaching as consumers of health seeking FP services have often been turned back by providers for the non-availability of needed commodities in specific rural facilities. Älthough, the commodities have been bought with billions of Naira by the Federal Gojvernment, it is just that cost to move the commodities from the Central Stores in Oshodi to state facilities where they are needed that is just the main issue at the Lagos State level.

Edun disclosed this during the training of Lagos State journalists on Family Planning, organised by the Development Communications Network (DEVCOM) in partnership with NURHI.

He said, “The commodities are supplied by the Federal Government straight to the states and the states distributes to all the facilities in the local governments in their states.

“The major issues now is the logistics to move the commodities from the national store in Oshodi to the state store and then from the state store to all the local government in Lagos State.”

While the national contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) of Nigeria is currently 15 per cent, with plan to increase it to 36 per cent by 2018. This national target has been reduced to achieving 27 per cent CPR by 2020, in the entire federation. CPR is presently 48 per cent in Lagos. However, Lagos targets to improve it to 74 per cent by 2020.

According to Edun, the goal of Lagos is to go from the current 48 per cent CPR to 74 per cent because governmts cannot do it alone, NURHI as part of its contribution alone, is helping Lagos achieve a CPR increaser of 12 per cent, increasing the CPR from 48 to 60.5 per cent in 2020.

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