Adamawa State Ministry of Health and State primary health care development agencyin collaboration patner agencies commences training of monitors and resource persons for the 2016 second round of Maternal New-born Child Health (MNCH) Week scheduled to take place from 28th November – 2nd December, 2016
Declaring the training open, the Executive Chairman Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Abdullahi Dauda Belel represented by Director community health services of the agency, Hajiya Hauwa Musa said 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. “Other specific objectives are to increase the coverage of MNCH Week interventions and to improve the capacity of health workers to deliver good quality services.” she said
She called on the participants take it as a challenge to ensure successfully implementation of the campaign exercise.
Each round of the MNCH implementation has pre-implementation, implementation and post implementation activities. The pre-implementation planning meetings before each round involved the key stake holders like SPHCDA, SMoH, UNICEF, WHO, and other partners were also training as monitors and resource persons before deployment to the LGAs for technical support and monitoring of the implementation processes at the local government levels.
In March 2010, the Federal government through the National Council on Health (NCH), adopted, the 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 behavior of the people. High impact, cost effective lifesaving interventions and services are delivered to pregnant women and under-5 children at the primary health facilities during the week.
BY : Abubakar Mohammed