Journalists have been charged to embrace the attitude of creating more awareness and sensitizing the general populace on the importance and Benefits of child birth spacing and family planning aimed at reducing high rate of unwanted pregnancies and maternal mortality in the country.
A veteran journalist Mr Ema ugoji made the plea while presenting a paper during a two day workshop organized by Marie stopes in collaboration with the network of Reproductive journalists of Nigeria held at Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.
Correspondent Abdullahi Jalaluddeen who was among the participants during the meeting reported that the workshop focused on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
About forty (40) media practitioners drawn from various print, broadcast and digital media organizations across the country participated in the workshop.
The workshop created an avenue for the participants to know more about sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria, modern contraceptive technologies, the roles of journalists in sexual and reproductive health and Among others.
As part of the two-day workshop, participants went on a field trip to some of the facilities supported by MSION in Ibadan, Oyo State.
They visited the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Apete, Primary Health Centre (PHC), Elebu and other facilities.
The visit gave the participants an opportunity to get first-hand information about the activities of Marie Stopes Nigeria, particularly its support on sexual reproductive health to communities spread across 35 states in Nigeria.
Speaking to newsmen during the visit to PHC, Apete community in ibadan , the matron, Funmilayo Abodunrin thanked Marie stopes MISON for supporting them by training service providers, providing them with tools needed to carry out family planning procedures, mobilizing clients among others.
Timeexpress Observed that a lot of married and unmarried adults were patronizing the center to access modern contraceptive aimed at actualizing birth by choice not by chance.