OVER 250 hospitals and health centres were refurbished and re-equipped in Anambra State under the present administration.
Gov. Willie Obiano stated this at Primary Health Centre, Akpo, in Aguata Local Government Area while speaking during a ceremony to flag off the second round of 2019 Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Week(MNCHW) and first round of 2020 National Immunisation Plus Days(NIPDs) in Anambra State.
The governor used the event to stress the importance of regular immunisation in government’s healthcare delivery policy, urging parents to reciprocate his investments in the health sector by ensuring that every child from zero to 59 months is immunised.
According to Gov. Obiano, necessary machineries are already in place to ensure that immunisation is not only free, but also covers every community especially hard-to-reach areas in the state. This, he said, is why all mothers and caregivers should avail their children of the opportunity in order to sustain current polio-free status in Anambra State and Nigeria.
Earlier while welcoming the governor, Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpalla promised that the week-long programme was retooled to make an effective difference that would last longer than similar past projects.
He dropped the hint while soliciting co-operation of ndi Anambra to government’s Lassa fever prevention campaign which, he said, would be seen if people imbibe standard best health practices at all times. Dr. Okpalla spoke in similar vein with Executive Secretary of Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHDA), Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu who reiterated Anambra’s continuous commitment to national health programmes that hold twice a year, adding that commodities distributed to all primary health centers were given free of charge.
According to her, these drug intervention schemes have afforded nutrition screening, vitamin-A supplementation, birth registration, family planning, long lasting insecticidal treated nets, deworming, ANC, tetanus toxoid vaccination, sulfadoxine pyrimethamine, health education, among others to indigent people in the state.
In his own remark, Special Adviser to Governor of Anambra State on Disability Matters, Chuks Ezewuzie described Obiano’s intervention in social services – particularly healthcare – as not only strategic but more beneficial to people living with disabilities than they had ever enjoyed under previous administrations.