Health worker lauds community over health programmes
By Uzo Ugwunze :
Ojoto (Idemili South LGA), Feb. 11, 2020 (MOI) Health Social Mobilization Officer (SMO), Idemili South, Chinyere Anagonye has commended parents for allowing their wards to benefit from services provided during ongoing Maternal, Newborn and Child health week (MNCHW).
In a speech at Ojoto, Mrs Anagonye said that the 2019 2nd Round MNCHW and 1st Round National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) were scheduled for Feb. 9 to Feb. 14 and Feb.15 to 18 respectively.
She said that they had earlier sensitised stakeholders in communities to mobilise the pregnant and women of child bearing age in company of their children to visit any nearby health facility during the MNCHW.
``We sent out announcements through Churches, Markets, Schools, and Motor Parks via town criers, enjoining all to take advantage of the MNCHW in saving lives of women and children.
``Anambra State Ministry of Health sought permission to enter people’s premises, assuring everyone of safety of the health services that will be administered by health workers in their communities.
``We started from Feb. 9, visiting many Churches. Our health workers are covering public and private schools. Idemili residents are cooperative; even the health facilities are filled to capacities,’’ Anagonye said.
Nutrition Focal Person, Idemili South, Mrs Veronica Ejimofor said that free services rendered at all health facilities include Ante-Natal Care (ANC), Family Planning, Immunisation and Birth Registration.
Others are administration of oral polio vaccine to children, iron foliate for pregnant women, Tetanus Dictovial Toxide (TDT) for women of reproductive age and distribution of deworming tablets and Vitamin A
Meanwhile, Officer in Charge, MCH Ojoto, Ms Chinyere Ubabuko said that activities in her facility accelerated because many people wanted to enjoy free services sponsored by Anambra State Government.
``Women and their children within 0 to 59 months have been trooping out since morning to enjoy free medical services and the routine drugs. Also those who missed out of any of the immunisation are here to catch up.
``Vitamin A helps the eye especially children affected by measles and helps the intestine. It also boosts antibodies in children. The TDT helps to prevent seizures during child delivery,’’ Ubabuko said.
Head of Department, Health Idemili South, Mrs Uche Egoh was said to be at the field supervising and ensuring smooth administration of the vaccine by health workers.
However, Mrs Oluchi Nwafor, a mother of five said she was at the facility to be administered the family planning while Mrs Chinaza Okeakpu said that she brought her child for immunisation.
The duo thanked the state government and the partners for various health programmes sponsored to ensure good health of Ndi Anambra. (MOI)