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Agency reaffirms commitment to improved maternal, child health in Abia

By Ihechinyere Chigemeri Uwom [NAN]

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Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHDA) says it is committed toward improved maternal and child health through the provision of healthcare interventions.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Chinagozi Adindu, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Tuesday.

Adindu said the agency had adopted a proactive strategy to achieve its set objective.

He said the agency had commenced a maternal, newborn and child health week as well as a modified integrated medical outreach.

He described the two health programmes as strategic to the actualisation of the agency’s objective.

Adindu said: “We have discovered that these mothers, newborn and children are the most affected in cases of some diseases and infections.

“This is because they belong to the vulnerable and low-income group in society.

“The agency will articulate about 16 different free health interventions throughout this week as part of its efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality among this group.”

He said the interventions include Iron/Folic Acid supplementation, antimalarial drugs administration and ante-natal care for pregnant women, Tetanus administration, Vitamin A supplementation and screening for acute malnutrition.

Others are de-worming, routine immunization, health education, birth registration, family planning commodities, distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets, HIV testing services, prevention of mother-to-child treatment, among others.

According to him, the programme would be held twice every year in the various health facilities and outreach centers in the state.

The ASPHDA boss further said that health workers had been given appropriate training and commodities to enable them to discharge their duties adequately during the exercise.

He said that the programme had recorded a good start given the reports from the health workers in the field.

“The reports indicate that the response by mothers and children have been encouraging.

“We want to reach out to at least 200,000 women of childbearing age and, of course, 80 per cent of the children in Abia with our services,” Adindu said.

He urged women of childbearing age to visit any primary healthcare center with their children or take advantage of the week-long programme in order to benefit from the interventions. (NAN)

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