Amawbia (Awka South LGA)-Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has commended mothers over the manner at which they bring out their children, especially newborns for immunisation.
The commissioner made the commendation during supervisory visit of EU delegates to Primary Healthcare (PHC) Centre, Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area (LGA).
Okpala noted that EU was one of the groups that supported immunisation and other healthcare programmes in the state.
He commended EU for the visit as well as efforts and support toward strengthening healthcare programmes such as immunisation in Anambra.
Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu notified mothers during the supervisory visit that polio campaigns would soon commence in the state.
During the campaign, vaccinators will go from house to house, churches, schools and markets to vaccinate children within 0-5 years.
She enjoined mothers to bring out their children and also inform their neighbours, family and friends of the upcoming National Immunisation plus Days (NIPDs).
Ezenyimulu, however, said that the EU had come to acquire for themselves first hand information on immunisations and other healthcare programmes in Anambra as they were strengthening the health system.
Team Leader, EU delegation to Nigeria, Mrs Nontse Pautaleoni said that commendations should be extended to EU citizens for the projects that they backed with their tax payers’ money.
Children are the future of the country and as so, investing in them is investing in the country.
Pautaleoni praised healthcare givers at the PHC, urging them to use mothers during immunisation to spread information on importance of protecting children, especially newborns against malaria as well as use of mosquito nets.
It is very important that whenever a new baby is born, mosquito nets should be used,” she said.
The team leader noted that proper data collection and analysis would aid in preventing sickness and disease, especially as it concerned children under-5, because they were the most vulnerable.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the PHC, Mrs Chioma Nwankwo said that during validation, Officers In Charge (OIC) of the 28 public PHC under Awka South LGA bring their register to the central area.
This, she said would aid proper documentation but noted that major challenge was transporting the registers to and fro as they sometimes become torn.
Mrs Philomena Ndefo, the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer (DSNO) in the PHC noted that the capacity training supported by EU in previous years taught them how to analyse data and write reports.
She said that the main diseases suffered by children under-5 in their PHC were malaria and diarrhoea with malnutrition at minimum level.
Ndefo, then, commended the EU delegates for their support and prayed for God’s continued blessings on them.
Source: Anambra State Government