The Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, has recommended that follow-up appointments be introduced to all clients of Child Birth Spacing(CBS) units to save the lives of mothers and babies due to unwanted pregnancies.
Maigoro stated this during a round table meeting with members of the Bauchi Public Health Media Network (BPHMN) and stakeholders held in Bauchi on Friday.
He said that the follow-up would create a channel for feedback on the use of the various CBS commodities.
“Follow-up appointments to clients of CBS will monitor and generate feedback.
“Some women using the long term method tend to forget to visit facilities for further healthcare,”he observed.
Maigoro said the state would also engage men across the communities as Village Community Mobilizers (VCMs) to create demand on accessing CBS.
He acknowledged the effort of journalists reporting public health issues for developing messages through news bulleting and facilities to ensure that CBS and other healthcare services, were provided and accessed.
Similarly, the Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency(BSPHDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed that out of the 1,108 primary healthcare centers in the state, over 600 provided CBS services.
He said that the agency would scale up male engagement on mobilization across the state.
“We have male participating in CBS activities but will do more as heads of the families,”he said.
Mohammed commended the role of journalists in educating the Public on CBS, which is geared at saving the lives of mothers and babies.
Earlier, the Bauchi State Focal Person, BPHMN, Ms Elizebeth Carr, said that the network was geared towards saving the lives of mothers and babies in Bauchi.
She said that CBS was key to women of reproductive age towards attaining healthy lifestyle.