By Maryam Erena
We have deployed resources from our save one million lives funds to purchase more health commodities to avoid stock out in our health facilities. Niger Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril made known the disposition during the 2017 flag off ceremony of the 1st round of Maternal, New born and Child Health Week (MNCHW) that was held at Paiko Local Government Area of Niger State.
According to Dr. Jibril, the MNCHW is a bi-annual event and the tenth to be implemented by the State since 2010 when the National Council on Health resolved in Asaba, Delta that, all States should implement integrated high impact healthcare services to be provided at health facilities to improve the poor health indices of women and children in the State and Country at large.
The Ministry of Health under the watch of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, has put in place measures that will ensure Nigerlites are adequately sensitized and informed about the week-long activities through community engagement, adding that, the number of health facilities have also increased from 836 to 1,160 with the sole purpose of improving healthcare services and ease accessibility for Nigerlites irrespective of their settlements.
The following healthcare services will be available at designated Primary Health Facilities across 274wards of the 25LGAs. These services are ; Vitamin A supplementation blue capsules for 6 to 11 months old while red capsule for 12 to 59 months’ old. Routine Immunizations against the killer diseases such as tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, whopping cough, poliomyelitis, and measles others are ; De-worming of children with Albendazole Tablets. Screening for malnutrition using Mid-upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape.
Other services are ; Ante-natal care for pregnant women i.e. Administration of Iron/folate tablets, Tetanus toxoid injection, Dsistribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Net, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, Messages on key household practices ie Exclusive breastfeeding, Complimentary feeding, Hand washing, Family Planning services, Birth registration of children.
The Commjssioner then appreciated and lauded the support of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, his wife, Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello and all stakeholders in the sector for their firmed support and will, as well as their consistent cooperation towards creating a conducive environment for service, people-inclined projects and initiatives, he spoke further, commending partners for their efforts and supports, with special mention to UNICEF, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organization, Micronutrient Initiative and others.
Speaking earlier, Wife of Governor Sani Bello and Founder RAiSE Foundation noted that, the health of women and children is major, if not must towards the development of any society. “Since the inception of this administration, many innovations and programs have been implemented towards having a disease free state. I urge everyone here present not to relent in ensuring that our families and communities are in good health. This ceremony is to ensure our communities are sensitized and develop a good health seeking behavior that will enable women to visit our health facilities. I want to encourage and call upon all children, youth, parents, caregivers and school teachers to mobilize every household to go to the nearest health facilities to receive the available life saving interventions. I also want all women groups, traditional and religious institutions to continue to support every effort that will lead to the health and promote the benefits of healthcare services for Nigerlites” Dr. Bello disclosed.