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Published On: Mon, Jun 9th, 2014

FCTA kicks off free health care week for women, children

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By Stanley Onyekwere.

As part of its integrated package of interventions towards improving health of women and children, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday flagged-off the first round of June 2014 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Care Week (MCHCW), with the theme “A package of care for a lifetime of better health for the family.”

The exercise, which is being carried out through the FCT-Primary Health Care Development Board (PHCDB), is to last for one week, (June 9 to 13), would simultaneously provide women and children in all the area councils of the FCT, with life-saving drugs such as Vitamin A, Albendezol, family planning and immunisation services as well as health talks.

Speaking at the event, held at the Maitama District Hospital, Abuja, the FCT minister, Bala Mohammed, said the programme said MCHCW is an approach aimed at delivering an integrated package of interventions that have been shown to be cost effective, of high impact and result oriented in the Territory’s health sector.

Represented at the event by the Minister of State for the FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, the minister noted that the theme for the week’s celebration is very timely, as it affords the opportunity to further strengthen actions that address the state of health care delivery in the territory.

He said the FCTA has built capacities of health workers needed for the exercise as well as the overall women and child health services delivery.

Mohammed therefore urged stakeholders involved in the programme, to ensure that no eligible woman, new born or child is left behind in any of the interventions that would be offered in the course of the 5-day programme.

“The November round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week, Vitamin A coverage, rate was 87 per cent and 59 per cent was recorded for BCG immunisation.

“And For measles, 57 per cent was recorded, 89 per cent for birth registration for children under 5 and 22 per cent for ferrous folate for pregnant women,” he explained.

Similarly, the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Hon. Micah Jiba pledged that he would ensure that the interventions being offered are accessed by women and children at the grassroot.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya, said exercise is aimed at providing integrated comprehensive health services targeted at women and children towards their survival.

He said the FCTA had come up with several interventions like the free immunisation services, free ante natal care, and distribution of insecticide treated nets among others which has recorded great outcome.

But, according to him, there is still need to do more, calling for partnership and involvement of all in health activities.

Also, in a vote of thanks, the Executive Secretary, FCT PHCDB, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, said during the week, the Board is going to carry out the several free health services and community awareness at various primary healthcare facilities across the six councils.

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