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query_builder July 11, 2018 15:15:11

By Obianuju Stephanie Isima

Awka, July 11, 2018 (MOI) Anambra Health Commissioner, Dr Joe Akabuike has announced that Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) will be marked soon in the state.

The event will hold from July 16 to July 20 in various part of the state.

Dr Akubuike explained that Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) would aim at reducing neo-natal, maternal, child morbidity and mortality as well as improve effective access to maternal, newborn and child health.

Akabuike announced this to newsmen in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka during a news conference on the 2018 first round MNCHW.

He explained that the programme was an intensive package of productive healthcare service between newborn survival and quality of maternal care.

``MNCHW is organised to deliver interventions such as giving vitamin A to children (6-59months), distribution of long lasting insecticidal treated nets, immunisation, birth registration, de-worming of children, HIV counseling and testing (HTC),’’ he said.

The health commissioner said health practices that include hand washing, exclusive breast feeding and appropriate complementary feeding to children would be taught the mothers and caregivers for improved lifestyle.

Akabuike commended Government and its partners for ensuring that Anambra State health services were the best across the nation.

Earlier, Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu said the programme would take place at every Primary Health Centres (PHCs) within the state.

``This will be a house to house campaign.’’

Ezenyimulu urged all mothers and caregivers to bring their eligible children (from 6-59 months) to any health facilities within the state to access the commodity.

The flag off will be on July 17 at PHC NRI Ward 1 in Anaocha Local Government Area. (MOI)