Reproductive Health, Sex Education: Nigeria on the Verge - UK Based Physician
John Joseph Ufot,
As the nation battles the scourge of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Odocha Eze, a renowned physician, a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has advised Nigerian Government to pay close attention to reproductive health and sex education.
Eze also a recipient of several awards which includes Black Women In Health (BWIH) Awards 2020 for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education, said this has become necessary in the light of two currently trending sexual incidents on the social media. You would recall the case of Late Ms Iniubong Umoren, a young University graduate who went for an ill-fated interview in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state and a Nollywood actor, Mr Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, alleged rape case.
According to her, Nigeria has a young population. The government needs to invest more in sex education targeting the youth as they are in the experimental phase of their lives.
She said “parents are the first teachers and should make it their responsibility to lovingly inform their children of the importance of their reproductive health, encourage them to eat healthy, exercise regularly and make the home environment open for uncomfortable snippets of discussion they may get from their friends.
“Sexual health clinics should be available in community health centres to educate the populace on contraception (its benefits, its risks like thrombus formation, bone demineralisation, and contraindications like breast cancer, liver disease).
“People need to be given all the information they need to make informed decisions. Natural family planning which seems to be more culturally acceptable should be taught too with scientific evidence. These clinics should be safe places to provide medical laboratory screening services for various sexually transmitted infections as well as treatment and counselling in a non-judgemental manner.
Eze,also harped on female genital mutilation which has been criminalized and insisted that more education about its harmful effect is needed at the grassroot level with the active involvement of religious and traditional rulers.
Edited by Rachael Abujah