HEALTH COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES STAGING OF MATERNAL, NEW BORN WEEK
By Nnedinma C Okeke :
Awka, Feb. 9, 2020 (MOI) Commissioner for Health, Anambra State, Dr Vincent Okpala says Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) a programme aimed at delivering integrated package of preventive and curative health interventions.
The MNCHW will hold from Feb. 9 to Feb. 14,
The commissioner announced this during news conference on the 2019 second round MNCHW and upcoming first round National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) at Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA) office complex, Awka.
Dr Okpala was represented at the event by Executive Secretary, ASPHCDA, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu.
The commissioner noted that the MNCHW services were highly cost effective and yet result-oriented.
``It is run in conjunction with other routine services, aimed at reducing neonatal, maternal/child morbidity and mortality in the country.
``The use of MNCHW to carry out periodic preventive routine services in the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), has shown internationally to improve child survival interventions.
``The services and supplies provided among others are Vitamin A, which is important for growth of human cells and boosting of immunity,’’ the commissioner said.
Speaking on the upcoming NIPDs approach, Dr Okpala said it was a strategic plan to administer potent Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) together with other Routine Immunisation (RI) antigens.
The NIPDs takes place from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18.
``It is set to strengthen fight against Polio, increase acceptability of OPV, help to reduce vaccine preventable diseases and encourage search for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) in children zero to 15 years who suddenly develop weakness of limbs.
``During this exercise, OPV and other RI antigens will be administered against vaccine preventable diseases to interrupt the circulation of Wild Polio and reduce the burden of other childhood killer diseases,’’ he said.
National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), State Coordinator, Mr Obioha Agbakwuru, while commending ASPHCDA noted that the brief was well articulated and informative.
``It contains all necessary information to ensure that these programmes are effectively conducted in the respective Local Government Areas (LGAs) and wards.’’
UNICEF Communication for Development (C4D) Consultant, Mr Felix Okocha assured that partners would continue to provide the needed support both technically and financially to ensure effectiveness of the agency's programmes.
``These programmes touch key objective and target goals that partners want to achieve that entails reducing morbidity and mortality rates among children in the country.’’ (MOI)