Governor Willie Obiano has appealed to nursing mothers and pregnant women to make judicious use of the ongoing maternal, newborn and child health week currently ongoing in all the primary health care centres in the state to attend to their health needs and that of their children.
Governor Obiano made the call at Primary Health Center, Isiagu, Awka South Local Government Area during the flag off of the first round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week 2021 in the State.
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week 2021 which started in Anambra State on Monday July 12 and will end of Sunday July 18 is a bi-annual event targeted towards improving the health status of Nigerian women and children by increasing coverage of key maternal, newborn and child health interventions.
The interventions that will be covered include nutrition screening called mid upper arm conference, Vitamin A, Birth Registration, Family Planning, Long Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets, Deworming, Ante-natal care, health education sensitization on key household practices such as hand washing, breastfeeding and Routine Immunization.
Governor Obiano represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala stated that the event is in keeping with the efforts by the state Government to provide standard, accessible and affordable health care at the primary health centres in the State.
He said this will help reduce the incidence of malnutrition and maternal mortality in the State.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu who said the one week exercise will help to take care of the health needs of the mother and child, also announced that sixty thousand people in the state have been vaccinated against COVID-19 while the second dose of the vaccination will commence next month.
On his part, the Chairman, Awka South Local Government Area, Mr. Leo Nwuba pledged the support of the council area for the policies of the State Government in the health sector especially at the Primary health care level.
The highpoint of the flag off exercise was the administration of vitamin A supplements to children under fifteen months by Governor Obiano flanked by Dr. Ezenyimulu and other top government officials and provision of health kits to pregnant women.
The wife of the Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, and Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu were represented at the event.