Anambra Inaugurates 2018 Maternal, Newborn-Child Health Week

Anambra State Government says it is committed toward sustaining the tempo of adequate healthcare delivery to people of the state.

Gov. Willie Obiano said this while inaugurating the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCH) at the Primary Healthcare Ward, 1 Nri, Anaocha LGA.

The Governor was represented by Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike.

He extolled the doggedness of Mr Ikeobi Ejiofor, Transition Committee Chairman of Anaocha LGA for creating enabling environment to carry out the function in his area of authority.

Emphasising the need for health reform to avoid untimely death in the society, Obiano pledged that all health centres would have primary health centres and health insurance schemes in the state.

“It will help in preventing mortality rate in the state. Government has since invested N2 billion for such programmes, reducing immunisation cases in the state to zero”.

The MNCH week aims to contribute toward improving the health status of Nigerian women and children by increasing coverage of key maternal, new born and child health interventions by 50 per cent of the current indices in 2020.

The maternal and child health week include, nutrition screening, Mid Upper Arm Circumstance (MUAC), Vitamin A supplementation (VIT A), Birth Registration (BR), Family Planning (FP), Long Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets (LLIMs), Deworming (Deworm), Anti natal care, Iron Foliate (FE).

Others are Tetanus Toxide Vaccination (TD), Sulfadoxime. Pyrimethamine, health education and sensitisation on key household practices (HP), especially hand washing, routine immunisation (Bacillus Celmetta and Guerin Vaccination (BCG), Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV).

The Secretary Primary Healthcare, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu noted that Anambra Government renovated 63 primary health centres (3 per LG) across the state.

Dr Ezenyimulu, while commending efforts of Government in equipping medical centres with tricycle ambulances said that Anambra scored from 90 to 96 per cent in the just-concluded Measles Vaccination campaign, where Anambra placed ahead of other states in the country.

She added that the primary healthcare was free of charge across the state under the Obiano administration.

The secretary said that the event was to create awareness and educate mothers on importance of medical checkups and other health related issues that would help in reducing risk of child mortality.

Head, Health Unit, Anaocha LG, Mrs Chinyere Edeh expressed satisfaction at efforts of the LG Chairman, Mr Ejiofor for providing all necessary support to improve health centres in Anaocha.

The National President, Women Medical Association of Nigeria (NPWMAN), Dr Joyce Barber emphasized the need for accessing medical centres in the rural areas, stressing that the event was an avenue for public enlightenment.

The officer in charge at Nri ward 2, Mrs Blessing Okwuaji explained the need for HIV screening of pregnant mothers to avoid complications during child bearing.

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