Khalid Garba Mohammed
My career pursuit spans for more than 3 years post qualification, with experience in both Government and international Non-Governmental organizations from 2012 to date. As community pharmacist, family planning counseling is a daily routine in my community service as pharmacist. Almost every day I counsel a minimum of 2 candidates for family planning, be it the couple together or often the lady alone. I mostly present to them the advantages and the various options available for family planning and ask them to pick out of the options being it oral contraceptive pills, parentheral, implants, intrauterine contraceptive devices, transdermal patches devices, use of condoms or the natural methods. The achievements are many because they always come with their healthy children for follow up.
During my service as hospital pharmacist, I came across a very vulnerable woman who was under aged (less than 18 years old), she looks weak and her baby was sick and malnourished. The baby was 10 Months, and to my surprised that lady was pregnant at that moment. I was terrified because the young lady was malnourished as well, pregnant and breastfed at the same time. I asked her do you have idea of what family planning is all about? Her respond was no! That was my starting point in 2012.
My biggest challenges are two, one is the religious belief in the community concerning family planning, and the second is lack of husband cooperation in the family planning. In effort to overcome these challenges, I tried to enlighten some of our religious scholars as well as the husbands as much as I could about the family planning advantages that you will have a healthy family (healthy mother, healthy children and of course healthy home).
Lack of massive campaign on family planning programs and often associated with inadequate health care facilities and health care personnel for proper counseling on family planning. The best way to address these is through government collaboration with international donor organization to do more on massive campaign and civic education on family planning. Training and re-training our health care personnel on the subject matter can also serve.
As researcher and community pharmacist in direct contact with the local community, I will direct my energy into researching more on the major challenges preventing women from accessing family planning plans and try to implement the desire changes not only in my locality, but at global level when need be. I intend to see more healthy and happier family where healthy children can go to school and benefit the next generation.