Governor Willie Obiano has called on Nursing Mothers and Caregivers to make their children and wards available for various health packages at the ongoing 2018 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week across the State.
He made the call during the inauguration of the 2018 first Round of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week at the Primary Health Care Centre, Nri, in Anaocha Local Government Area.
Governor Obiano represented by the Commissioner for Health Dr. Josephat Akabuike, expressed satisfaction with the massive turnout of Nursing Mothers and children, as well as other stakeholders at the event and assured that his administration will continue to introduce comprehensive health reforms and innovations in the Health sector to enable Ndi Anambra access effective and efficient health Services.
The Governor who disclosed that his government has renovated and equipped sixty-three primary health care centres across the State, promised that before the end of this year, another sixty-three Primary Health Care Centers will be renovated and equipped, adding that routine immunization has helped the State achieve more in giving Ndi Anambra good and adequate health care services, even as he called on Nursing Mothers and Caregivers to utilize the opportunity afforded by the week to take care of themselves, their children and unborn babies.
The Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu, disclosed that interventions that will be given during the week include, vitamin A supplement, birth registration, distribution of long lasting insecticidal treated mosquito nets, de-worming, health education and sensitization on key household practices, oral polio vaccination, HIV testing and counseling among others.
In their separate remarks, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Events, Sir Anthony Ugorji who is an indigene of Nri, and a one-time Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Sir Ejike Okechukwu appreciated the State Government for its various reforms in the Health Sector and called on Nursing Mothers and Caregivers to utilize the opportunity.
Immunization of children by the Governor, cultural dance and health education formed the highlights of the exercise.
The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week which commenced on the sixteenth of this month in all Primary Health Care Centres across the State will end on July twentieth.