UNICEF, ANAMBRA ENDS ORIENTATION OF VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY MOBILISERS, HEALTH OFFICERS
By Regina Igwebuike
Achalla (Awka North LGA), Sept. 14, 2018 (MOI)
UNICEF in collaboration with Anambra State Government has ended the 2nd phase orientation of Volunteer Community Mobilisers (VCMs) and officers in-charge of health facilities in Awka North LGA.
The exercise commenced on Aug. 30 at Orumba North LGA.
UNICEF Desk Officer, Mrs Chineze George-Ileka said the VCMs and nurses were trained on how best to mobilise pregnant women in communities for antenatal and post natal care services.
Mrs George-Ileka observed the readiness of these persons to work for the good of their communities for increased healthcare delivery.
She, then, urged them to put in their best to achieve behavioural change in the lives of their communities, so that the aim by UNICEF would be achieved.
Anambra State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Charles Nwoji while expressing delight at the turnout of people, said that government was doing all within its reach to help rural dwellers.
Mr Nwoji noted that VCMs were Health Ambassadors, urging them to discharge their duties passionately and diligently.
``The effort you make today will not be in vain as God will repay you back.
``The success of this programme depends on every one of us whether VCM or Nurse,” he said.
The NOA Director added that government had other programmes and one of it was National Identity Card Registration that was ongoing.
Mr Nwoji explained that many features were not captured in the first exercise, which necessitated the latest registration.
He added that the new National Identity Card would not only serve as an ID card but could also be used as ATM cards.
The director while advising those who registered but had yet to get their cards to keep the slips well.
The director enjoined those yet to register to do so without delay.
He notified people of Awka North that National Identity Card awareness campaigns and practical registration for their LGA would hold on Nov. 26 at the Council Headquarters.
In separate interviews regarding the orientation of the VCMs in 11 LGAs, Mr Maurice Peters Anetoh and former President-General Aguluzigbo noted that the exercise was well packaged.
``There was impressive turnout of VCMs and nurses for the training.
``The community leaders with better understanding of the essence of the programme, mobilised the right calibre of people required for the exercise,” he said.
``My testimony on the efforts I made as former PG cum volunteer in changing the narrative of failure to breath-taking success in Anaocha with other VCMs spurred the participants.
``The success of the programme and the health of the pregnant women, children and effective immunisation in the LGAs depend on the efforts of VCMs and health providers,” he noted.
The former PG, however, enjoined community leaders to borrow a leaf from Anaocha LG by taking ownership of their health centres and ensure proper and adequate supervision of them.
Mrs Maureen Ezenwaka, UNICEF Programme Officer, National Orientation Agency (NOA) said that she was optimistic that this second phase of the exercise would record more successes.
Mrs Ezenwaka, while noting the zeal shown by these new VCMs said that the class of volunteers nominated would help to turn things around as most of them had experienced child delivery.