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Lockdown: Ogun State encourages sexually active teenagers to embrace family planning

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Ogun State Government has received a pat on the back for promoting family planning among sexually active teenagers during this lockdown.

The President, Life Planning Ambassadors for Youth under the aegis of The Challenge Initiative (TCI), Mr. Michael Ogunmefun gave the commendation in a media chat in which he said life and family planning, would prevent unwanted pregnancies while schools were on lockdown.

Ogunmefun who said parents should be concerned about the sexual and reproductive health needs of their children and wards noted that the lockdown had exposed young adults to a myriad of challenges ranging from physical, social, economic, mental and reproductive health issues, which forced them to make hasty and risky decisions.

While  noting that sex education would go a long way at reducing rate of unwanted pregnancies in the society, added that introduction to family planning at an early age, would assist them make informed choices. He averred that young adults, who took up contraceptives as a means of life planning, needed parental support to overcome stigmatization.

In her remarks, the TCI Secretary, Dr. Damilola Ogundina, said the present administration’s efforts towards ensuring that life planning services were available for young adults, especially during the lockdown, urging those willing to take up a method to approach the Youth Friendly Units of government health facilities, for professional counselling and services.

She noted that although abstinence was a better choice, taking up a contraceptive method, however, would ensure that teenagers and young adults prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, stressing that the decision would enable them achieve their goals in life.

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