By Kalu Idika – Lafia
Insufficient health workers train on adolescent and young persons sexual and reproductive health has been identified as a major challenge hindering young persons from accessing sexual and reproductive health services in Nasarawa State.
The State Family Planning Cordinator, Mrs. Salome Vincent Aya stated this at a media round table on COVID-19 and Adolescent and Young persons sexual and reproductive health in Lafia organized by Society for Family Health, a non-governmentlal organization.
According to Mrs. Salome Aya, findings by health experts indicate that most young persons who access reproductive health information from youth sexual and reproductive health friendly centres were often stigmatized hence the need for integration of the reproductive health services in all health facilities across the state.
The State Programme Assistant Officer of Society for Family health, a non-governmental organization, Mr Samuel Ombs who highlighted some of the activities of the organization amidst the COVID-19 using social media platforms called for increase funding and domestication of relevant policies to enhance availability and access to reproductive health services by young person’s to reduce gender based violence among others.
In his swift reaction to all issues raised, the state commissioner for health Ahmed Baba Yahaha represented the Director Public Health, Doctor Adamu Ibrahim gave an assurance that more health care workers will be train to provide quality health services for young persons in all the health facilities in the state.
He also noted that the state ministry of health will soon commence collection of samples from civil servants for testing for COID-19 to reduce the spread of the pandemic in the state.