Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with partners flagged off the 12th round of Maternal New-born and Child Health Week today the 25th January 2016, at Nana Asma’u Health Centre, Yola Town.
In March 2010, the Federal government through the National Council on Health (NCH), adopted, a week long, bi-annual (May & November) implementation of MNCH Week in Nigeria. This came against the backdrop of unacceptably poor maternal and under-5 health indices in the country and urgent need to interrupt and reverse the trend. It was expected to improve facility based health seeking behaviour of the people. During the week long campaign exercise, high impact, and cost effective lifesaving interventions and services will be rendered to pregnant women and children under-5.
The General Objective of MNCH Week is to contribute to health systems strengthening through improved promotion, delivery and utilization of health and nutrition services by women and children, improve the capacity of health workers to deliver good quality services and also to increase coverage of MNCH service interventions; each round of implementation has pre-implementation, implementation and post implementation activities.
In her keynote address, the Honourable Commissioner State Ministry of Health Dr. Fatima Atiku Abubakar said MNCHW is used to scale up the delivery of other routine immunization antigens and child survival interventions in order to reduce maternal and childhood mortality and Malnutrition among children. She call on all parents and caregivers to bring their children to nearest health facility for the immunization.
Delivering her speech, Her Excellency Haj. Maryam Umaru Jibrilla Bindow wife of the Executive Governor said the campaign will take place in all 21 Local Government Areas in the state from 25th – 29th January, 2016. She added that children from 0 – 59 Months should be taken to nearest health facility and other designated places for vaccination and call on parents, communities, traditional rules and health workers participating in the campaign exercise to ensure that all eligible children are fully immunize.
The Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abdullahi Dauda Belel, highlighted the lined up interventions and led Her Excellency in launching each of the interventions by supporting the distribution of commodities or administration of the drugs to eligible women and children.
Good will messages were presented by representatives of Partners WHO, EU/UNICEF, and District Head of Yola.