From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Kano State Government has said that over N350 million has been spent for the upcoming second round of 2019 Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week, commencing from 19th to 23rd August, 2019.
The Permanent Secretary of the Kano Ministry of Health, Usman Bala Muhammad stated this at a press conference over the weekend.
He said over 3.2 million new born and under-five age children and all pregnant women, including 60,000 who would be on their first visit for antenatal are to be captured during the week-long programme.
According to him, pregnant women constitute about 20 percent of the entire population of Kano, noting that “So, from this statistics, you can deduce the number of pregnant women to benefit from this weeklong programme.”
“The programme also targets pregnant women that are the first visit for ante-natal. However, the services for other affordable programmes are also readily available for all pregnant women across the state.
“So, over 60, 000 pregnant women are coming for the first visit for ante-natal. Also, I want emphasis that presently, pregnant women constitute about 20 percent of the entire population of Kano. So, from this statistics, you can deduce the number of pregnant women to benefit from this weeklong programme.
“In relation to the amount of money to be expended on this programme; I tell you that over N250 million has been earmarked for the purchase of Treated Nets that are going to be distributed during the programme.
For other services, over N100 million would be expended to ensure the success of the programme.” he said.
He added, “It is also pertinent to highlight at this juncture that the campaign is planned to hold across all primary and secondary healthcare facilities from 19th August to 23rd August 2019 in the designated service points within the various communities.”
The Permanent Secretary also stated that 1,200 health care facilities around the 44 local government areas of the state had been deaignated for the programme, calling for mothers to visit in oder to access the designed health care services that were available free of charge for their benefit and that of their children.
According to him, the Kano State government had been consistent in the implementation of all the programmes aimed at improving the health and well-being of the people of the state, maintaining that all the necessary support to ensure that the campaign was equally a great success had been provided.
He, however, stated that the last round of MNCH week conducted in February, 2019, has recorded tremendous success with Vitamin A coverage, considering the increased support by both government and notable development partners.
Some of the services to be rendered during the week include; Vitamin A Supplementation, De-worming of children, Immunization of the Under-5 Children, Distribution of Long-Lasting Treated Nets (LLINs),
Nutritional Status, among others.