The contraceptive Prevalence Rate among
adolescents has remained extremely low in Kaduna State due to limited access to
health facilities with youth-friendly services. Patent and Proprietary Medicine
Vendors (PPMV) are the most widespread health facilities and the first point of
access for family planning commodities in Nigeria. Providing contraceptive services
to adolescents requires specific sets of skills and an environment that are youth
friendly. This study examines the capacity of PPMV to offer contraceptive services
to adolescents. The study used a cross-sectional descriptive design. We interviewed
462 PPMV selected from urban and sub-urban Local Government Areas (LGA) of Kaduna
State using a multistage random sampling technique. Data analysis was based on percentages
conducted with SPSS software, version 20. Findings from the assessment show that
PPMV are a mix of professionals and lay providers. 43.1% possess a qualification
in Nursing, midwifery, or community health, and 18.8% have received specific training
on contraceptive services. 91.6% are dispensing contraceptives that are suitable
for adolescents, and 97.4% are willing to acquire additional training to provide
adolescent-friendly contraceptive services for both the married and unmarried. The
study equally shows that most PPMVs have private space (70.1%) for confidential
counselling and operate seven days a week (86.6%) and twelve or more hours a day
(83.3%). Pharmacists Council of Nigeria should consider expanding the scope of contraceptive
services that PPMV can provide based on their training.
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