Stakeholders condemn Health Minister’s plans to push for contraceptives

at a news conference in Lagos, Some civil society organizations (CSOs) on Thursday condemned the proposal by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to push for the use of contraceptives among women and girls, and they said that it was deceptive and harmful to moral values as it would further encourage abortion, Urging Nigerians to reject this offer of anti-life incentives under the guise of foreign aid in order not to destroy our beautiful culture. The CSO comprises: the Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria, Islamic Education Trust, Doctors Initiative Project for Human Development among others, and It would be recalled that some Catholic bishops recently condemned the plan also which they described as anti-people. Speaking on this, Mr. Jerry Okwuosa, the Director-General, Project for Human Development (PHD), said women should learn and practice natural family planning method in order to exercise responsible parenthood in their families, and he said that the Billings ovulation method which had no side effects was more acceptable to all people, religion and cultures. “Contraceptives kill 5.2 times more babies than abortion does and it must be rejected out rightly.”The people need better power supply, potable water, good roads, better health insurance scheme, functional hospitals and primary healthcare centres (PHC’s) to the grassroots, employment for our young ones and educational institutions more than these contraceptives.

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