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query_builder February 9, 2020 18:41:03

By Nnedinma C Okeke :

Awka, Feb. 9, 2020 (MOI) Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu has urged pregnant/women of child bearing age to visit near health facility for services of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW).

``This is the 2019 second round MNCHW as organised by ASPHCDA in collaboration with partner agencies.’’

Dr Ezenyimulu said this during the State Social Mobilisation Committee (SSMC) meeting held at ASPHCDA office complex, Awka.

She noted that the event would hold from Feb. 9 to Feb. 14, at all Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in the state.

According to her, this event will have joint flag-off ceremony with 2020 first round National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) on Feb. 11 at PHC Akpo, Aguata Local Government Area (LGA).

The ES said that the MNCHW would be facility-based as they want to encourage utilisation of healthcare services in PHCs.

``We urge mothers, fathers and guardians to take their children/wards six months to 5 years to the nearest PHC, so as to receive whole services of the MNCHW.

``This services will include vitamin A supplementation, distribution of de-worming tablets to children, iron foliate to pregnant women, distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) and birth registration.’’

Others are family planning services, HIV counseling and testing as well as nutrition and health education. All these will be happening in PHCs for MNCHW.

Head of Department (HOD), Immunisation and Diseases Control, ASPHCDA, Dr Nnamdi Placid Uliagbafusi said MNCHW being facility based was to create awareness so people would also visit these facilities for immunisation and other services.

Mrs Uzoamaka Eriken, State Nutrition Officer, ASPHCDA, noted that 2019 first round MNCHW recorded huge success as all LGAs in the state performed well.

She urged parents to ensure they go for MNCHW with their children’s vitamin A card as it was now in Routine Immunisation (RI).

``The card will tell the first and each time vitamin A was given to the child.

``This is written on the card with date and when next the child is due for another round of antigen,’’ Mrs Eriken said.

State Health Educator, ASPHCDA, Mrs Uju Onwuegbuzina urged health workers to ensure that they observe personal hygiene practices when carrying out the exercise. (MOI)