ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNMENT REJECTS STATISTICS ON MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY IN THE AREA

anambra3Anambra State government says the maternal and infant mortality ratio of five hundred and forty to one hundred and twenty-four in the country is unacceptable.

The Commissioner for Health in the state Dr Joe Akabuike made this known while briefing newsmen on the Second Round of Maternal and Child Health Week in Awka.

He said considering the interventions of donor agencies, state and federal governments, the rate of maternal and infant mortality should be low in the country.

Dr Akabuike explained that the programme was designed to reduce neonatal,maternal and child morbidity and mortality in the country as well as to  supplement vitamin A, boost immunization coverage and scale up integration and delivery of other child survival interventions.

The Commissioner maintained that the exercise would also feature De-worming of children, antenatal care, nutrition screening and counseling and demonstration of proper hand washing among other things.

Dr Akabuike who said the programme would hold at all government primary health care centers and other designated posts, stressed that the exercise would commence this Thursday and end on the twenty-seventh of this month.

Dr Akabuike who appealed to care givers to avail themselves of the opportunity and ensure that their children received these health care services said the commodities were free.

KEVIN EKEDIEGWU

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