Anambra Govt Targets Further Reduction Of Child Mortality

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By: SUNNY DAVID/ NNEWI

Anambra State Government says it is committed to ensuring that child
mortality in the State is reduced to the barest minimum.

The new Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, stated this during the inauguration of the first round of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week for children below zero to fifty months, pregnant women and women
of childbearing age at Umuenem Otolo Nnewi in Nnewi North Local
Government Area.

The Commissioner said that the event was to constitute some basic interventions that are highly
effective in reducing child mortality while improving mother and child
health.

Dr. Okpala added that the overall goal of the health care
services is to reduce child mobility and mortality by supplying
Vitamin A to Children, ensuring the sustenance of break in the spread
of wide polio virus and to boost routine immunization coverage.

In her welcome address, the Executive Secretary Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu, who noted that the week which started six days ago in all primary health centres in the state revealed that the Maternal, Newborn and child week aims at contributing towards improving the health status of Nigerian women and
children.

Dr. Ezenyimulu called on pregnant women in the state as well as caregivers to
make their children and wards from Six months to Five years available
for the exercise.

In a remark, the Transition committee Chairman for Nnewi North Local Government area, Chief Chukwudi Orizu, who commended Governor Willie Obiano for his outstanding leadership in the State urged pregnant women to always take their supplements.

Present at the event were former Governor of Anambra State, Dame Virgy Etiaba, the Commissioner for Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, Mr. Afam Mbanefo, Traditional Ruler of Nnewi Igwe Kenneth Orizu the third, APGA faithful, captains of industry and other government officials.

The event featured cultural dance by school children and administration of immunization on children and dispensing of drugs to
pregnant women by Governor Willie Obiano who had earlier inaugurated
the exercise.

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