UNICEF DESK OFFICER TASKS COMMUNITY MOBILISERS ON COMMITMENT TO DUTY
By Anastacia a Agunwa
Nteje (Ayamelum LGA), Dec. 6, 2018 (MOI) Volunteer Community Mobilisers (VCMs) in Ayamelum Council Area have been urged to be more committed to duty to improve the number of child delivery at Government Primary Health Centres in their communities.
UNICEF desk officer domiciled at Anambra State Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mrs Chineze George-Ileka said this at the Council's Secretariat at Anaku during UNICEF appraisal.
Mrs George-Ileka enjoined the VCMs and the nurses to sensitise the people in their communities on the best ways to feed their family members to avoid malnourished `kwashiorkor’ children.
She also urged them to educate the people on good nutrition such as eating vegetables, fruits and balancing their diet.
The desk officer on the other hand urged the nurses at the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) to guide the Community Mobilisers (CMs) on the best ways to achieve good results.
She stressed that their duties include sensitising pregnant women to attend ante-natal at government PHCs in their various communities and to ensure that their child deliveries would be at such centres.
George-Ileka noted that UNICEF had extended appraisal meeting with CMs to 11 communities in Anambra State; noting the increase of transport allowances to CMs and nurses by the UN.
She said that the increase in the transport allowances would spur them to work harder.
Mrs George-Ileka, however, explained that the meeting was delayed in Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum and Ogbaru LGAs because of disasters caused by floodwaters that submerged parts of the communities.
Health Educator, Ministry of Health, Mrs Scholastica Okoli tasked health workers and CMs to help government health system to grow by carrying out more campaigns on immunisation in the communities.
Mrs Okoli urged the Community Mobilisers to use the current period of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week for intensive health talks.
Okoli enjoined them to sensitise mothers on the essence of the week in order to come out en masse for the immunisation of their children on the killer diseases at the PHCs.
She expressed displeasure at the poor patronage of primary health centres in the area by pregnant women saying, ``it appears we are lagging behind here’’.
The distribution of UNICEF sponsored textbooks
``Basic Health Information on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health’’ to the
Community Mobilisers, nurses and the public added glamour to the occasion.