1.3 million children under the age of five and 300,000 pregnant women are expected to receive free health and nutritional interventions in Bauchi state.
This was disclosed by Wife of the Bauchi State Governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar during the flag-off of the 2018 Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) week.
Speaking at the event held at Yelwa Domiciliary Clinic in Bauchi metropolis, she said that the MNCH week was a strategy to improve the health and nutritional status of children and women.
Mrs Abubakar disclosed that the week is a bi-annual event approved by the National Council of Health and World Health Organisation (WHO) and supported by child welfare organisations like UNICEF.
She said that a comprehensive free health package will be delivered at free cost to the under-five children and pregnant women which include high impact health and nutritional interventions during the MNCH week.
“These interventions include vitamin A supplements, deworming tablets, and immunisation among others which have all been proven to reduce under-five morbidity and mortality from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia and measles.”
“This week is also an opportunity to raise the community awareness of the importance of key households practices,” she said.
The Governor’s wife, therefore, urged pregnant women and all parents to bring their children to health centres during the exercise.
She also urged them to cooperate with the healthcare workers so that they can get full benefits of the intervention.
“I would like to thank all the health development partners particularly UNICEF, WHO, Bill and Melinda Gates and Dangote Foundations, World Banks Assisted Projects-NSHIP, SMOL, Breakthrough Action Nigeria (BAN), Plan International (Canada Global Affairs Funded BORN Project, Helen Keller International and USAID Funded MCSP, TCI, and other government agencies for all their support,” she added.
Speaking earlier, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSHCDA), Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa said activities of the MNCH week would be carried out at designated points in the 323 wards the state, with two Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) per ward.
According to him, the intervention would also include screening for malnutrition, Birth Registration and promotions of other child protection services like hand washing and exclusive breastfeeding.
” It is heart-warming to note that Bauchi State is rated among the best performing states, the present administration has impacted positively on health care services especially Health Care services especially at the Primary level where more than 70 per cent of the citizenry attend,” he said.