By Haruna Gimba
Action Group on Child Spacing, a group of professionals advocating child spacing activities in Gombe State, on Friday said that the state
government has earmarked N48 million for child spacing programmes in 2019.
The Chairman of the group, Alhassan Yahaya made the disclosure to newsmen in Gombe.
He said the money would be used for the purchase of child spacing commodities and consumables, training of health workers, and overseeing distribution of the commodities at primary healthcare centres in the state.
Yahaya said that apart from the N48 million, the group was still expecting some money from the Save One Million Lives, which had been supporting the programme in the state.
According to him, the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) of the state at the moment is 18 per cent, and based on its strategic plan, the state is expected to reach 22 per cent by the year 2022.
He added that the target could be achieved in view of the level of acceptability by individuals in the state.
He called on members of the public to subscribe to child spacing commodities which, he said were given free in public hospitals.
The chairman said that researches have revealed that child spacing could reduce maternal mortality by 40 per cent.