By Francis Ezediuno
The first round of the year 2019, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Care Week (MNCHW) would kick off from Monday, 29th, April through Friday, 3rd, May, 2019 across the 332 primary health care facilities spread across the State of Osun.
This information was made available by the State Health Promotion Officer, Mr. Adewoye Adewole during a stakeholders meeting on Thursday in Oshogbo.
Part of the interventions lined up for the week long programme according to Mr. Adewole includes; administration of Vitamin A for babies from 0 months to 5 years, immunization for children from 0 months to 5 years, deworming for children from 12 months to 5 years, eye testing for 0 months to 5 year old children, administration of iron foliates to pregnant mothers.
Others include; health education for hand washing, family planning, HIV testing for pregnant women, distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) for pregnant women and testing for malnourishment amongst children.
The programme according to the Health Promotion Officer will be a facility based intervention and pregnant women and mothers are expected to visit health facilities with their children where these interventions would be administered.
Adewole further explained that Osun being a leading state nationally in terms of health care provision is the first to kick off the first round of the programme for the year.
He also revealed the principal partners are UNICEF, WHO and the State Government of Osun through the State Ministry of Health.
The programme would start by 8am through 4pm on each day and as such community and religious leaders, market women, local government officials and so on have been adequately sensitised according to Mr. Adewole.