Reporter : LAWRENCE NWOKEDI
The wife of the Abia State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, has advised nursing mothers to always visit government approved health care centers for treatment of their children.
Mrs. Ikpeazu made this known during the commencement of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week/Modified Integrated Medical Outreach program organized by the state Primary Health Care Development Agency in Umuahia South Local Government Area.
She urged mothers to take advantage of there program to ensure that they protected themselves and their babies.
Mrs. Ikpeazu pointed out that government was making efforts to reduce high rates of preventable deaths by scaling up some basic step, including family planning, preventive treatments of malaria in pregnant women, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, immunization and de-worming of children.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji, while noting that government was committed towards protecting children from the childhood killer diseases, urged mothers to always immunize their children between zero and fifty-nine months.
The Executive Secretary Abia State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Chinagozi Adindu, noted that the program was designed to promote the health of mothers and their babies and urged mothers to use the opportunity to strengthen and advance universal health coverage to reduce mortality and morbidity in the state.