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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-113

Sexual and reproductive health: Concepts and current status among Nigerians

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Health Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria

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Lawrence Omo-Aghoja
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Health Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, Delta State University, Abraka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2384-5589.134906

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Background: Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) came to the fore against a background of increasing rates of liberal sexual behavior and activity, with its attendant reproductive health implications and sequelae globally. The Millennium Development Goals, particularly eradication of poverty and hunger, cannot be achieved if population and reproductive health issues are not addressed. Materials and Methods: This review involved an extensive search of databases that included Medline, Elsevier, Medscape, Medicine and PubMed. Literature on the subject was also researched using manual library searches of cited textbooks and articles in journals. The search covered a period of 1960 to 2013, but the literature included was from 1985 till date. Results: The status of SRH of Nigerians remains abysmally poor and available data tend to suggest worsening indices. Conclusion: The right of every citizen, particularly women, to lead the highest standard of health must be secured as good health, in particular SRH, is a sine qua non for productive and fulfilling life. The right of all citizens, especially women, to control all aspects of their heath, in particular their own fertility, is basic to their empowerment. Therefore, a society where individuals have knowledge, skills and resources to enjoy their sexuality is one we must all aspire to be part of and bequeath to future generations.

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