Novel Association for Youth Advocacy, a non-governmental organization with support from Population Reference Bureau has started sensitization on family planning for teenagers in Nasarawa State.
Speaking at a One-day NAYA chat with reporters in Lafia, on Thursday, Coordinator of NAYA in the state, Mary Ashenanye said the campaign on family planning became important because of the high rate of unwanted pregnancies among adolescents in the state.
“The aim of this programme is to increase participation of young people in accessing family planning and reproductive health information and services because youths and adolescents aged 10-24 years are facing serious health challenges ranging from high rate of rape, teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS,” she stated.
She also pleaded with the health workers in Nasarawa State to be amiable with the teenagers who visit their organizations.
“I am appealing to health practitioners in the state to be friendly with the adolescents who visits their hospitals and clinics so that they can be comfortable and willing to discuss issues that concerns their health with them. I also want to use this opportunity to call on the health practitioners to make their services affordable, accessible and sustainable for the youths,” she stated.