From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government is to spend N16.8m on its 2017 second round of Maternal Neonatal Child Health Week(MNCH) in the state.
This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman of Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), Adamu Gamawa while briefing journalists in Bauchi yesterday.
According the exercise would be conducted in 646 facilities across the 323 wards in the state. Gamewa said the exercise would also captured 1,351,025 under five children and 341,059 pregnant mothers.
He said the interventions includes;Vitamin A,Iron and Fesolate,counseling on HIV/AIDS, Nutritional screening and referral on nutrition,Malaria drugs among others.
Gamawa said the services will be provided free in 646 facilities that is two facilities per ward and it will last for five days starting from 20th to 24th November.
He said supports were received from partners such as United Nations For Children Fund(UNICEF) who provided 996,500 doses of vitamin A, while World Health Organization gave technical support and Plan International HC3 and Helen Keller international also supported in social mobilization.
Gamawa commended other line Ministries in the state for their support towards discharging such exercise that would impact on public health.
Flagging off the 2nd round of the 2017 Maternal, New-born and Child Health Week at Bayan Fada Maternity Bauchi, Hajia Hadiza Abubakar expressed worry over the high rate of maternal and Child morbidity and mortality in North East.