Abia State Flags Off The First Round Of 2024 Maternal, Newborn And Child Health Week

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The first round of 2024 maternal, newborn and child health week in Abia state has been flagged off 7with a call on all mothers with children above 12 months and have completed their immunization to utilize the opportunity
and visit the health facilities for  services to improve their children’s vitamin A status and general health.

Wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs Priscilla Otti made the call during the flag off ceremony held at Umuahia North LGA Headquarters, Umuahia.

She said the bi-annual event was aimed at delivering an integrated package of care to the mother and the child.

Mrs Otti, regretted that maternal and child deaths have remained on the increase lately, expressed happiness that the event will help to improve the health of women of child bearing age as well as children under the age of five years in Abia state.

The Abia First Lady, represented by the Wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adaeze Emetu, further called on health care workers to update their knowledge, practical skills and improve on interpersonal communication skills and attitude to provide the leadership and technical support needed to make the health care services very attractive.

“Any activity that will help to bring down the unacceptably high rate of maternal mortality is a very welcome activity and will receive the support of the Dr. Alex Otti led Government.

“One big importance of the maternal, newborn and child health week which | must mention is the need for children under 5 years of age to receive preventive doses of vitamin A supplement and de-worming tablets twice each year.”

In an address, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Ngozi Felix and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeyinwa Uma-Kalu underscored the importance of the health of pregnant women and the need to provide them with adequate medical care and proper nutrition to enable them have health babies.

Earlier, Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Kalu U. Kalu said the goal of the week is to reduce morbidity and mortality from preventable causes and improve the general life and wellbeing of the beneficiaries.

He called on pregnant and nursing mothers in the State to take advantage of the opportunity to improve the health and wellness of women and children, insisting that the services are free of charge, while urging healthcare workers to put extra effort in ensuring that eligible mothers and children receive all the services due them.

The first round of 2024 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week in Abia state will take place between the 17th and 24th June, 2024 across all health facilities and outreach sites in the State.