The Federal Government of Nigeria now has plans to decrease maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates.
It says it will do this by ensuring that about 7.3 million women have access to family planning in the country.
The Director of the Family Health Planning, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, said during a news conference on Friday in Abuja that the campaign would close the contraceptive gap in the country.
According to Adebiyi, the fear of side effects, norms, and belief, misconceptions, among others were the major factors affecting the use of contraceptives in Nigeria.
She also noted that a good number of Nigerians did not have the basic knowledge about the importance of family planning.
She said: “Years after the first National Family Planning Campaign was launched, Nigeria has remained stagnated.
“The significant gaps still persist between knowledge and contraceptive use thereby creating marginal shifts in unmet needs for family planning in the country.”
The Director of the Family Health Planning also said that the new campaign with “The Green dot” would act as the official marker for public and private locations where people could get planning services that are safe, affordable and effective in Nigeria.
The Director of Media and Public Relations, FMoH, Boade Akinola, urged the media to address misconceptions about family planning by educating people on the effects.
Akinola also addressed the media to create awareness on other likely effects of lack of family planning like the socioeconomic and health issues in order to push family planning ideas to mainstream media.
She said: “The media most often targets reproductive health programming at women or speak about family planning and other health issues at programs that target women.
“However, evidence shows that the decision on whether or not to adopt family planning is made by the husbands.”
Akinola, therefore, noted that men needed to also be educated on how to assist their spouses.
The new campaign has a new logo, “a green dot”, which is simple as well as easy to remember.