By Francis Ekpone
Anambra State government has said that it targets over 2.5 million children, pregnant women and other women of child bearing age for immunisation and other health interventions in the first round of the 2019 maternal, newborn and child health (MNCHW) week campaign.
Implementation date for the week long routine immunisation is, Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21, 2019 while the flat off has been slated for Tuesday, June, 18 at Egbu Umuelem Otolo Nnewi in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra, State.
Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and Saving one million lives for result is partnering UNICEF, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, World Health Organization, the media and others for the health intervention.
Disclosing this at his office, state Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, in a press briefing said the routine immunisation was aimed at promoting the health of pregnant women and children, to reduced neonatal, maternal and child morbidity and mortality and also to supplement Vitamin A to children 6-59 months and to give health education on key household practices (KHHPs) which include, exclusive breastfeeding, hand washing among others.
According to him, the bi-annual event will enable the state to deliver high impact interventions through the existing or expanded outreach services for mother, newborn and children’s survival.
According to him, “MNCHW is a routine biannual event aimed to deliver a package of basic interventions that are highly effective in reducing child mortality and improving mother and child health.
“It also increases the coverage of key maternal and newborn child health” he said.
He however implored people in the state to give maximum support to the personnel for the good of all, even as he reminded caregivers to visit health centres close to them with their children’s Vitamin A and immunisation cards.