Nasarawa Govt. Seeks Better Maternal, Newborn Healthcare

Nasarawa Govt. Seeks Better Maternal, Newborn Healthcare The Nasarawa state government has flagged off the second round of the 2016 maternal and newborn health week for pregnant mothers and children.

The flag-off ceremony took place at the Model Health Centre in Tudun Kauri, Lafia.

It was performed by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Jummai Agara, who represented the first lady, Hajiya Salamatu Tanko Al-makura.

Hajiya Salamatu said that the issues concerning women must be given top priority.

She promised to continue to support activities that will enhance an effective and comprehensive health sector, not only in improving the health status but to address the health needs of citizens in the state.

“We will continue to support activities that will enhance an effective health sector in the state in order to cater for the health needs of citizens,” she said.

The ceremony which was the second round witnessed a large turnout of pregnant mothers and children.

UNAIDS Commends Kaduna Over Mother-Child Reduction of HIV/AIDS

UNAIDSThe United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has adjudged Kaduna as the best performing state in the fight against mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

The commendation was contained in a letter from the UNAIDS Country Director to Nigeria, Dr. Bilali Camara, commended the state government for conducting free counseling and testing for about 126,000 pregnant women during recent Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week in the state.

This is the second time Kaduna State is rated as the best performing state in the fight against HIV/AIDS, having come first in the first round of the MNCH Week in 2015.

In this regard, UNAIDS donated the sum of $15,000 to support Kaduna State in the next phase of the MNCH.

Camara also commended the state health officials for their effort in the reduction of HIV/AIDS in the state.

The State’s health sector was boosted by MTN Foundation after it won the first phase of the MNCH in November 2015.

The telecommunication company selected five state hospitals to benefit from its Maternity Ward Support Project (MWSP).

The benefiting hospitals are; Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital, Kaduna, General Hospital, Kafanchan, Jubrin Maigari Hospital, Birnin-Gwari, Hajiya Gambo Sawaba Hospital, Zaria and the Dabo Lere Memorial Hospital, Saminaka.


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.