Media personnel embarks on field visit

Monday, October 02, 2017

Some media personnel from the print and electronic media outfits, led by the UNFPA communication officer, Lamin Camara, last weekend conducted a media field visit to some sponsored projects of the UNFPA in the rural communities across the country.

The media personnel, who comprised journalists from some radio stations, GRTS and the print media embarked on the field visit to ascertain at first-hand the way the UNFPA sponsored projects are being managed and run.

In a site visit to Somita in the West Coast Region, Auntie Noel Sambou, a retired nurse disclosed that family planning is still an issue among the natives in the area.

She expressed gratitude to the UNFPA for providing family planning commodities, like condoms, injections, amongst others.

Auntie Sambou revealed that men are mostly the users of family planning commodities in her area, whilst some people question the benefit of joining family planning.

The community-based distributor said she administers the drugs to the user free after testing their blood.

Auntie Sambou further said that she visits people to inform them about the importance of family planning.

She, however, expressed disappointment, noting that some still have misconceptions about family planning.

She said some men don’t want their wives to join family planning programmes, citing a young lady of 32 years with 11 children.

She revealed that some women are willing to join the family planning programme, but expressed fear about their husbands.

Auntie Sambou also lamented that she is old and stressed the need for someone to replace her in the community.

Author: Bruce Asemota