The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, who announced this while briefing newsmen on the first Round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week in Awka, said the idea was to improve the health indices in the area.
According to Dr. Akabuike, over two million children between the ages of zero and fifty-nine months, pregnant women and all women of child bearing age will be targeted during the exercise.
Dr. Akabuike pointed out that services such as routine immunization, distribution of long lasting insecticidal treated nets and administration of vitamin A would be rendered during the event.
The Commissioner emphasized that the rate of maternal mortality and morbidity in the country was unacceptable. In a remark, the Executive Secretary of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency in the State, Dr. ChiomeEzenyimulu, said the exercise would be facilitates-based rather than house to house visit. Dr. Ezenyimulu urged mothers to ensure that their children benefited from the exercise. The Executive Secretary said that the services during the exercise were free of charge.
Meanwhile, Ebonyi State Government says it has so far implemented thirteen rounds of Maternal, New Born and Child Health Week Programme since its introduction by the National Council on Health in 2010. Governor David Umahi stated this at the launch of 2017 first round Immunization Programme in the state held at the Headquarters of Ishielu Local Government Area Ezilo.
Represented by the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, DrKelechiIgwe, Governor Umahi applauded the efforts of Development partners for the achievement so far recorded in the implementation of Immunization programmes in the State. He pointed out that successful implementation of the Health week would contribute immensely in fast tracking achievements of the State Government in health related sustainable development goals.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike explained that over one hundred and forty seven thousand pregnant women were being targeted in the programme and would be provided with focus antenatal care, long lasting insecticide nets and intermittent preventive therapy against malaria.
A representative of World Health Organization, Dr Nora Eyo called for proper supervision of the programme to achieve ninety percent coverage of the targeted persons. Some of the mothers including Mrs. ChidinmaIdeyi and Mrs. Victoria Oni who witnessed the event commended the state government for prioritizing the health of residents of the State.
KEVIN EKEDIEGWU&AMECHI ODO