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Anambra state targets 3 million women, children for immunisation

The Anambra State government, in collaboration with UNICEF, is set to

flag off its maternal and child health week campaign, which is to commence on Tuesday, 17th July 2018.

Disclosing this to Newsmen in Awka, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, stated that the campaign will take place at Primary Health Centre, Nri, in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.

He said about three million women

and children were being targetted to be captured in the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW).

He also stated that the exercise was

aimed at promoting the health of pregnant women and children, to reduce neonatal, maternal and child morbidity and mortality.

He added that the campaign will include health education on key household practices such as exclusive breast feeding and hand washing.

We intend to deliver interventions such as vitamin A, long lasting insecticidal nets, immunization, birth registration, Deworming of children, HIV counselling and testing, Health promotion on key house hold health practices for improved lifestyle, including handwashing,exclusive breast feeding, appropriate complementary feeding, focused antenatal care, care of the new born, iron folate and sulphadoxine pyrimethamne for pregnant women, Akabuike said.

The commissioner also revealed that the state government had renovate about 63 Primary Health Centres, one per ward across the three senatorial districts of the state and equipped and supplied them with

Keke Ambulance.

He added that about 1200 health personnel will partake in the one-week exercise that will cover the 362 wards in Anambra state.

On his part, the UNICEF Consultant in the state, Mr. D.Den Ebofeyin, said the bi-annual event will enable the state deliver high impact interventions through the existing or expanded outreach services for

mother, newborn and children's survival.

He implored people in the state to give maximum support to the personnel for the good of all.

Source: Voice of Nigeria