…For Family Planning Services
By Jimmey C. Fahngon
Several teenagers under the age of 16 were seen rushing to get family planning services from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners in Grand Bassa County.
UNFPA in partnership with Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL) and the Ministry of Health took family planning services to the county on Tuesday as part of celebrations of World Population Day.
Hundreds of Grand Bassa citizens and residents benefited from the free family planning services.
Teenagers in Frazer Town, District #2, Grand Bassa County, could not wait to benefit from the services.
Patience Daye, 15, minutes after taking the three months family planning injection, told The NEWS Tuesday that she wants to prevent pregnancy.
Little Patience explained that she is sexually active; as such, she decided to take advantage of the family planning services so as to prevent having babies by chance.
The 15-year-old 4th grader said considering the difficult economic situation in Liberia, it is important for one to plan his or her life in order to avoid unnecessary burden.
As for Patience David, she said the family planning services will help her to complete her education.
Patience David, a 1st grader, said it is important to take advantage of the family services so as to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
However, she bragged that having taken the three months family planning injection, she has been licensed to sexually enjoy herself.
Rose Baryorgar, 14, could not hide her emotion having also received three months injection.
“Look, uncle, I long been waiting to get family planning; we hardly get family planning services here. Whenever we go to the hospital, they will tell us that they don’t have them; so, I am so happy for me to receive it right here for free. Thank God for UNFPA and partners,” she said with smiles.
Hannah Johnny, 32, said she was glad that UNFPA and partners decided to take family planning services to them because; they find it difficult to get them in the county.
Hannah, a mother of six children, said she does not want to have any child again, therefore she thinks that family planning is the surest way to prevent such.
She encouraged women and girls to take advantage of the family planning because it helps them to plan their lives.
According to our reporter, teenagers and older women were seen in huge queue receiving family planning services.
Earlier, Madam Melma K. Blamo, Project Coordinator, PPAL/USAID Community Engagement for Youth Family Planning Project said taking family planning services to the people is intended to encourage the usage of the services.
She said there are shortages of family planning services in Grand Bassa County.
Madam Blamo told the citizens that family planning services are intended to ensure they have babies by choice rather than by chance.
She dispelled rumors that family planning services are not good; adding “if you take family planning services, you will not have unwanted pregnancies and also sexually transmitted infections.”
As part of this year’s World Population Day celebration, kickball and football matches were also held in Buchanan between two communities, Kaytor Town and Biafra to create awareness about family planning services among youth of the area.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports County Coordinator for Grand Bassa, E. Surprise Whea said the purpose of the games was to promote the usage of family planning services particularly among young people.
Whea said family planning services will ensure that they do not drop from school and get infected with sexually transmitted diseases.
This year’s World Population Day was celebrated under the theme: “Empowering People, Developing Nations.”