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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Ondo First Lady flags off MNCHW

By Kemi Olatunde
& Maria Famakinwa

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The First Lady of Ondo State, Chief (Mrs) Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu yesterday flagged-off this year’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) in Akure.

At the elaborate ceremony held at  Mother And Child Hospital  Akure, the First Lady commended the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi  Akeredolu for providing enabling environment and resources needed for the successful implementation of the 2021 round of MNCHW in the State

She urged nursing mothers and caregivers to seize the opportunity of the MNCNW week coming up on February  20 -24, 2022, to get their children immunised.

Her words: “I wish to inform our mothers and caregivers to take their children and wards aged 0-59 months to the nearest  health facilities and outreach points to obtain all available interventions during this campaign,” she said.

In his welcome address, Commissioner for Health, Mr. Banji Ajaka noted that the state was among the best performed states in the country with 96 percent coverage in August 2021 round of MNCHW adding that government has impacted positively on Routine Immunisation Services since inception

According to him, the exercise aimed at reaching under five children with Routine Immunisation vaccines, Vitamin A supplement, deworming tablets, screening for malnutrition, HIV counselling and Testing, birth registration and promotion of other child protection services among others.

While reiterating the commitment of government to good health of citizens, he called on all for their unalloyed support  to make the state’ health sector the best in Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of supporting partners, Officer in Charge, Akure Field Office, UNICEF, Mrs Ada Ezeogu commended the state for always implementing the MNCHW since its inception in the country, noting that government has improved lives of residents especially women and children through its programmes hoping that it continues to sustain the feat.

Ezeogu who  applauded the state for being rated among the best states in the 2021 MNCHW, assured the organisation’s continued support to improve the well-being of both women and children in Ondo  state.

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