Following the stay-at-home order by different governments as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a health centre in Delta State has recorded high family planning requests.
The Reproductive Head Supervisor at Alihame Primary Healthcare Centre in Ika South Local Government Area of the state, Loveth Durojaiye, said the centre had received 80 percent above its usual request since the beginning of the lockdown.
Dourojaiye disclosed this on Thursday during an advocacy visit to Alihame and Owa-Oyibo Primary Healthcare centres in the state.
She said, “Now, the compliance is very high. We are recording over 80 percent increase in patronage.
“We urge other women to key in to avoid unwanted pregnancy especially this period of stay-at-home.”
Speaking further, the Delta State Technical Support Lead for Family Planning, Bernard Emonena, said there would be an increase in sexual relationships as the lockdown prolongs.
“Ordinarily, when you to go to work and come back, there is this natural tiredness, on that, it is a form of family planning on its own because you will be too tired to start up something that is intimate.
“But now, you are at home fulltime, you are so open to a lot of things and sexual intimacy is part of it. So, if it goes continuously unprotected, you find out that in trying to curb this menace of COVID-19 pandemic, you will end up with another problem of population explosion.
“There should be high support for family planning services, if not, it will run counter to what we are already achieving in the state,” he said.