Obiano Flags Off 2016 Immunization Plus Days In Ogbaru

Willie-ObianoThe Anambra State Governor, Mr Willy Obiano, on Thursday flagged off the 2016 Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) at Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state.

The governor urged parents to continue with the routine immunization of eligible children and report any anomalous development to health officials in case of any.

The Governor also encouraged mothers to be at the vanguard of the immunization exercise so as to prevent the dangerous virus from eating up the limbs of children.

Mr Obiano harped on why the polio vaccine should be administered to children, why commitment should be made to eradicate polio, and the need to ensure the sustainability of remaining polio free.

The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Willy Onuorah, commended the efforts of the government in ensuring proper mobilization for active participation of the required age group in the Polio vaccination exercise, adding that the state has remained polio free for over ten years.

Wife of the Governor, in support of the exercise, also gave mothers treated mosquito nets so that while polio eradication is targeted, malaria is also prevented as all are dangerous and a great challenge to children’s health.

Obiano Promises To Tackle Health Illiteracy In Rural Areas

Obiano Assures To Tackle Health Illiteracy In Rural AreasThe Anambra State Governor has promised to tackle health illiteracy among women in the rural areas of the state.

According to Governor Willie Obiano, the development is to ensure proper infant and maternal healthcare in Anambra State, south-east Nigeria.

He made the declaration on Wednesday during the first round of the 2015 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW), at Ifite-Ogwari in Ayamelum Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The MNCHW is a programme which gives mothers equitable access to a package of high impact survival and developmental drugs in a very cost effective manner.

It also gives children access to receive routine immunisation against diseases as well as malarial drugs and nets.

Governor Obiano captured the whole problem and tagged it to catching the girl child young and giving them the best of education in order to conquer maternal and infant mortality.

According to the Chairman of Ayamelum LGA, Paul Obiora, illiteracy and poverty contributes in major terms to the death of mothers and infants in the agrarian community.

He decried that about 95% of the women are not educated, adding that the issues of health were not been taken seriously on grounds that they are mostly farmers.

Responding to Obiora’s submission, Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, used the opportunity to highlight the essence of antenatal care.

Similarly, the Governor’s wife, Mrs Ebele Obiano, appealed to the women to have their children immunised as they are the future leaders of the world.

In another development, a representative of the World Health Organisation, Dr Willy Onuorah, commended Anambra State Government for the giant strides it had taken in healthcare services which includes the area of maternal and child health, as well as upgrading the selected health care facilities in the state.

He also urged mothers to take advantage of the free immunization and ensure that their children are taken to centres where the vaccines would be administered.

The event came to conclusion with the Governor and his wife administering the polio vaccines to infants, as well as handing treated mosquito nets to mothers.