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MNCH Week: Bauchi Targets 1.2m Children, 3,000 Pregnant Mothers

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 4:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu –  Bauchi


The Bauchi State Government has said it would provide health care services to 1.2 million children  during the first round of 2015 Maternal, Newborn and Child health week.

Over 3,000 pregnant women will also benefit from the health interventions while four health centres would be used in each of 323 wards in the state during the exercise.

Speaking at the flag off ceremony of Maternal Newborn and Child health week held at Government House Bauchi on Thursday, the state Acting Executive Chairman of Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Yahaya Yarima said that during the exercise pregnant women and children would be given Vitamin A supplementation, de-worming exercise, management of minor ailment, birth registration and issuing of birth certificates.

Others services to be offered include, nutrition screening of children under five year of age using Mid Upper Arm Circumference, family planning services, key household practices and education on HIV/Aids and HIV counselling and testing to pregnant mothers.

He disclosed that the state had archives 84 per cent coverage on Vitamin A in the last round. He said that Vitamin A coverage was the yardstick used by the National Primary Health Care to access coverage in the states.

Dr Yarima called on parents across the state to bring out their children under ages of 5 years and pregnant mother to access the health services.

In her address, the First Lady of Bauchi state Hajia Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar reiterated government’s commitment to reform the health system for positive oriented results.

She said that “Maternal and Child Health Week is a strategy adopted in this country that will help the country achieve its MDG Goal 4 and 5 and thereby improving the quality of life of women and children so we urge all pregnant mothers and their children to make themselves available to these interventions currently going on at various health centres in the state”.