By Abubakar Mohammed
Adamawa State Ministry of Health Saving One Million Lives Program for Results commences the training of health workers on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive methods of family planning. The objective of the training is to promote family planning services uptake in the communities
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) are methods of birth control that provide effective contraception for an extended period without requiring user action. They include injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermalcontraceptive implants. They are the most effective reversible methods of contraception because they do not depend on patient compliance. So their ‘typical use’ failure rates, at less than 1% per year, are about the same as ‘perfect use’ failure rates.
In addition to being long-lasting, convenient, and well liked by users, they are very cost effective. Typically, LARC users can save thousands of dollars over a five-year period compared to the use of condoms and birth control pills.
Long-acting reversible contraception is recommended for adolescents to help decrease the teen pregnancy rate. LARCs are recommended for women of any age no matter how many times they have given birth.
Declaring the training open, the Hon Commissioner Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar urged the participants to concentrate and participate actively throughout the training period so that the knowledge acquired will cascaded down to the community level.
"we want to trained you to become proactive reproductive health professionals in our various health facilities so that any women considering using LARCs should obtain contraceptive counseling from you.”
Earlier in his welcome address the Executive Chairman Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Abdullahi Dauda Belel said the training is timely and will improve the capacity of health workers to perform more in their service delivery.
Dignitaries that grace the occasion are Mrs Rhoda Zira Yohanna Deputy Permanent Secretary, Executive Secretary Adamawa state Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Director Admin Ministry of Health and that of Community Health services of State Primary Health Care Development Agency and partners