In its determination to reduce preventable deaths among women of child bearing age, as well as improve health indices, the Ogun State Government has embraced the Federal Ministry of Health National Guidelines for the Introduction and Scale-up of DepoMedroxy Progesterone SubCutaneous (DMPA-SC) self-injection for family planning.

Commissioner for Health Dr. Tomi Coker said this during an advocacy meeting with delegates from the Federal Ministry of Health and Pathfinder International at Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta, saying the present administration was committed to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate to the barest minimum.

Dr. Coker stated that the present administration had made huge investment in the provision and access to quality sexual and reproductive health for residents, adding that it had standardised primary health care service and delivery, through renovation, equipping, staffing and digitisation of facilities.

The Commissioner noted that the document would enhance health coverage in the State and the country at large, encourage Task Shifting and Sharing Policy, as well as make people take responsibility for their own care, assuring of a cordial working relationship with the Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders to advance the sexual and reproductive health of residents.

In his presentation, the Director, Reproductive Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Kayode Afolabi said the self-care intervention was the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote and maintain health, prevent diseases, cope with illness and disability with or without the support of service providers, adding that it was a reliable game changer for family planning.

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