Second Round Of 2022 Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Week Begins In Ogun Monday

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A baby girl watches a health worker inject a vaccine against measles into her arm at a hospital in Bossangoa, the town where a national immunization campaign is being launched. The Government, UNICEF and partner NGOs are providing vaccines against measles to children under five at 885 locations around the country. In December 2008 in the Central African Republic, a Government-launched immunization campaign supported by UNICEF and several NGOs administered measles vaccines to over 660,000 children under the age of five. As part of the campaign, UNICEF also distributed soap and insecticide-treated mosquito nets to over 740,000 children and their mothers. The efforts aim to improve child survival in one of the world’s least developed countries, where access to health care and clean water is now also disrupted by an ongoing civil conflict. Over 17 per cent of children die before their fifth birthdays, many from malnutrition, waterborne diseases or vaccine-preventable illnesses. In the past year, UNICEF has responded to multiple health crises in the country, including yellow fever outbreaks, by supporting hand-washing campaigns and immunization programmes. The immunization campaign against measles was launched in Bossangoa, a town in the conflict-affected north-western region.

Second Round Of 2022 Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Week Begins In Ogun Monday

 

Determined to reduce child morbidity and mortality rates, the Ogun State Government will hold the  second round  of 2022 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) week between Monday, October 31 to Friday,  November 4, across the 20  Local Government Areas of the State.

A release by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker stated that Wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun will flag off the week at the June 12, Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta  on Monday, October 31, 2022 at 10am.

The release indicated that several health interventions would be provided  for children between ages 0-59 months which include, Vitamin A Supplementation, immunisation of missed children and deworming of children between 12 to 59 months. 

The release further stated that the low cost, high impact health care  week long programme would cover malnutrition in children between ages 6-59 months, family planning services for mothers and  health education on key household practices for improved lifestyle.

 It added that  the health care services would be provided at government health facilities, mobile fixed posts and outreaches, such as schools, markets, religious houses, parks and garages.

 

Mothers and caregivers are hereby enjoined to make their children and wards available, as well as inform others to avail themselves the opportunity of the programme at no cost.

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