MATERNAL, Newborn and Child healthcare will deliver a package of basic interventions that are highly effective in reducing child mortality and improving mother and child health in Anambra State.
Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo stated this at the flag-off of the Ist Round Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) for children 0-59 Months 2022, conducted by the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA) in collaboration with Anambra State Ministry of Health and partners, held at Primary Healthcare Centre Akwaeze, Anaocha Local Government Area.
Speaking at the event, Governor Soludo, who was represented by Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Afam Obidike, noting that the number of babies who die yearly before, during delivery or in the first week of life is no more alarming, said that interventions complement routine health services by ensuring that basic care reaches all mothers and children known to be highly cost effective yet result oriented.
“The services and supplies is an integrated approach that will deliver an integrated package of preventive and curative health interventions, ensure the sustenance of break in the transmission of wild polio virus in the state and boost routine immunisation. Anambra will scale up integration and delivery of child survival interventions,” he said.
Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of ASPHCDA, Chioma Ezenyimulu, in her speech while thanking Gov. Soludo for making the activity possible and for his sterling leadership, especially in the area of health, said the MNCH week will contribute towards proving the health status of Nigerian women and children by increasing coverage of key maternal, newborn and child health interventions.
Dr. Ezenyimulu stressing that Anambra State has always participated fully the national event since inception in 2010, said that under Gov. Soludo’s leadership, that Anambra State qualified for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) that the state has seen tremendous changes in terms infrastructure and equipment.
She urged all to keep observing all the COVID-19 prevention protocols, while calling on all mothers and caregivers to allow children of ages 0-59 months to visit the nearest primary health centres to receive these life saving health commodities.
Anambra State Family Planning Coordinator, Stella Ekweozor while harping on the importance of family planning said it’s vital for healthy family life,
On her part, State Nutrition Officer, Eriken Uzoamaka, demonstrated to breastfeeding mothers that there is something nutritious available to babies when they exclusively breastfeed. She prepared garri and okro soup, stating that it is easily digestible and that no mother would say a child had nothing to eat or malnourished.