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The Imo State government has restated her commitment to health care and welfare of women especially the expectant mothers and children.
Governor Rochas Okorocha made this known during the flagg-off ceremony for the second round of 2017 Maternal New Born and Child Health Week (MNCHW) held at Mbaitoli Local Government area of Imo.
The programme, which commenced on Feb. 19 to end on Feb. 23, would cover the 27 local government areas of the state.
The governor wrepresented by his wife, Mrs Nkechi Okorocha, said that the programme was in partnership with international donor agencies and would involve free medical care and treatment of mothers and children across the local government areas of Imo State.
“This government is passionate about the health of the Imo people. This government is concerned about the activities going on in the health centres and would always cater for the health needs of the people,” he said.
While commending the staff of Ministry of health and partnering agencies for their effort in saving lives of the populace, he urged the women to always get correct information and drugs on their health needs.
Earlier,the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Angela Uwakwem, said that MNCH week was a primary health care strategy to accelerate child survival and development with the ultimate goal of reducing child mortality.
According to her the exercise would involve the administration of Vitamin A supplement and nutrition screening to children from six months to 59 months of age and de-worming of children from one year to five years.
Further, the programme will involve routine immunisation vaccination to children less than one who had not completed their routine immunisation schedule, counseling on appropriate infant feeding practices and surveillance, ante natal care, HIV testing and counseling, among others.
“MNCHW is a regular event organised to deliver an integrated package of preventive services known to be highly cost-effective for improving maternal and child health and survival that are run in conjunction with routine services at health facilities.
“This round of the MNCH week started on Monday Feb. 19 and will roll till Feb.23, 2018 in all the health centres and outreaches in the state,” she said.
The commissioner went on to state that the ministry was also collaborating with the National Population Commission to implement birth registration of children less than five years along with other health interventions during the exercise.
She advised parents with children less than five years to go to health centres nearest to them within the week to receive maternal and newborn child interventions.
The UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Ibrahim Conteh, states that during the period of programme pregnant women would receive insecticide treated nets, ante-natal care, family planning counsel, ante-malarial drugs, while the children would receive de-worming tablets aside vitamin A.