Written by Austine ELEMUE

MNCH week: FCTA targets 900,000 children

No fewer than 900,000 children in the Federal Capital Territory are set to enjoy free health facilities based services from second round of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week, MNCHW, in the territory. 

The MNCHW is a week set aside to deliver a package of key maternal, newborn, and child survival interventions, aimed at reducing maternal, neonatal and child mortalities. 

Flagging off the exercise on Monday, in Abuja, Mandate Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, HHSS, Malam Adamu Bappah, said it Is a 5-day programme during which mothers are expected to access the services from 7.00am to 3.00 pm daily. 

Bappah, who was represented by Director of Administration and Finance of the secretariat, Musa Abdulraheem said it's the second phase of the FCT November/December 2018 MNHCW. 

He disclosed that there would be free vitamin A supplement for children between 6-59 months, deworming of children within 12-59 months. 

He added that other services include routine immunization against vaccine preventable diseases for children 0-11 months, growth monitoring and promotion, food demonstration, nutrition screening of children between 6-59 months, birth registration and focused ante natal care for pregnant women. 

The HHSS boss explained that emphasis has shifted from stand-alone vertical campaigns to a more integrated approach, which exposes caregivers, and children to key interventions that improve health status and enable them thrive through both the existing health system and outreach strategy. 

According to him, "every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five children and 145 women of child bearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under-five and maternal mortalities in the world. 

"I also want to use this opportunity to reiterate the urgency and need for all of us to promote this programme, for improvement in health, well-being and survival of women and children in FCT. 

"I rely on everyone here to take up the role of MNCHW ambassador to encourage and mobilize women, caregivers and children to health facilities closet to them to avail themselves the interventions provided during the week." 

Earlier in his address, Acting ES, FCT Primary Healthcare Development Board, PHCDB, Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot, revealed that personnel have already been deployed to nooks and crannies of the FCT for the exercise. 

Iwot, who noted that the event was planned to take off earlier, but had to be rescheduled for this week, due to the 2019 general elections, said the board hope to perform more than it had done in the past. 



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