The Nasarawa state government on Tuesday, launched the state Costed Implementation Plan(CIP) for Child birth spacing with the call on the people of the state to embrace family planning in order to reduce maternal mortality rate especially among women and children for the overall development of the state.

Dr.Daniel Iya, the state’s Commissioner of Health who made the call onbehalf of the state government while launching the three years Implementation plan in Lafia called on private Health practitioners, NGO’s and other stakeholders to key in to the programme in the interest of the health of the people.

Iya explained that, the state government is partnering with the state House of Assembly in order to ensure the success of the project and to promote family planning in the state.

According to him, “The Nasarawa state Child Birth Spacing (CBS)Costed Implementation Plan(FP-CIP) 2017-2020 is a holistic document that will help streamline the activities of all stakeholders in Child Birth Spacing activities to improve on the health of mothers and children.

He added as,“ Family planning strengthens the health of the woman directly and the man indirectly, saves lives of the mother and makes significant contributions to reduced maternal mortality rate among women, hence the need for the lauching.

“I therefore, wish to launch and present the Nasarawa state Child Birth spacing CIP as an initial step towards improving CBS services, support from partners, harmonization, coordination and for the overall general health of the people of Nasarawa state.

“This Costed Implementation Plan is a three year plan, developed by the state to provide direction for Nasarawa state’s Child Birth Spacing (CBS) Programming aimed at encouraging the citizens to embrace family planning.

“The CIP comprehensively captures and budgets for all evidence based, high-impact child birth spacing interventions and the costed activities are also tailored towards achieving the goals of improving the health and well being of the populace.

The Commissioner restated the state government commitment to continue to key in to good health policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the health of the people of the state and Nigeria at large.

Also speaking, Dr.Habeeb Salami, Associate Direcctor, Pathfinder International commended the state for taking the lead in the process of developing the Costed Implementation Plan(CIP) for family planning in the state.

“We believe that the implementation of the plan will help improve maternal health as well as improve the quality of life of women as we also encourage women to embrace family planning in the interest of their health and for the overall development of the country,” she said.

He said that the goals if achieved would save million of lives and improve the health and wellbeing of women, families thereby reducing mother to child mortality not only in the state but in the country at large.

Alhaji Mohammed Opkede (PDP-Doma North), Chairman, House Committee on Health has expressed the assembly readiness to continue to enact health laws that have direct bearing on the health and standard of living of the people of the state.

“Family Planning programmes is a very critical area that needed attention because its importance can not be over-emphasized to the development of the society as it will help in reducing maternal mortality and promote healthy living,” he said.