By Nnedinma Okeke  

Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Dec. 22, 2020 (MOI) The Head, Community Health Services Department, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Frank Umeh appealed to mothers/caregivers to show more concerns about caring for the children. 

“You should not neglect children placed in your care as they are the future of the society,’’ Dr Umeh said this during a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Centre, Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area (LGA). 

The event was held to round off a mini Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW), which took place in the state from Dec. 14 to Dec. 18. 

He noted that the MNCHW was organised by ASPHCDA in collaboration with partner agencies.  

“It is a weeklong event aimed at delivering an intensive package of promotional and preventive services known to be cost effective and result oriented for improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.  

“The use of MNCHW as a periodic preventive routine outreach mechanism has been shown internationally to improve immunisation coverage and healthcare services,’’ Dr Umeh explained.  

The State Nutrition Officer, Mrs Uzoamaka Eriken observed that the MNCHW was organised to deliver interventions such as Vitamin A, De-worming tablets, Immunisation and Health promotion in key household health practices for improved lifestyle. 

“These are hand washing, exclusive breastfeeding, Mid Upper Arm Circumference Screening (MUAC), appropriate complementary feeding, focused antenatal care; care of the newborn and iron foliate for pregnant women.’’  

Mrs Eriken stressed that the programme took place at all Primary Health Centres (PHCs), teaching, mission and private hospitals as well as schools and Churches. 

Officer-In-Charge of the health facility, Mrs Ifeyinwa Anigbogu noted that the turnout of mothers/caregivers during the weeklong event was encouraging.  

“The mothers know about the event and usually come to the facility with their wards whenever health interventions like these are ongoing. 

“They are fully aware that when children are properly taken care of intellectually, physically and in a healthy manner, they will be best in the society.’’  

Mrs Anigbogu, then, commended the state government and ASPHCDA team for their efforts while urging them to do more as some interventions given during the event were not enough and sometimes finish along the line.  

Two mothers at the health facility, Mrs Ngozika Osita and Mrs Sandra Nwosu both commended the government and the agency over their health interventions.   They suggested that health workers should have a more responsive attitude toward mothers/caregivers as it would encourage them to visit health facilities more often. (MOI)

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