A weeklong of activities to mark the first round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) week commenced today in Lagos with a promise by government to continue implementing measures to reduce deaths and morbidity in the state.
Special Adviser (SA) to government on Primary Healthcare, Dr. Femi Onanuga expressed concern over the 2010 demographic indicator for maternal health in the state at 555 deaths per 100, 000 live births saying, “We are determined to reverse the trend as this is definitely not good enough for us in Lagos”.
The SA noted that though the 2010 figure is obsolete and a new data collated in 2015 is being awaited, government is resolved to continue with the implementation of activities and strategies geared towards reducing maternal and child deaths through its Maternal and Child Mortality Reduction Programmes.
He urged all residents to take advantage of the weeklong activities which will hold in all the various Primary Healthcare Centres and additional fixed posts in the states to receive free healthcare services for pregnant women and children below five years.
According to Onanuga, “These services will include routine immunization; Vitamin A supplementation; growth monitoring and promotion, screening for malnutrition and appropriate counselling and referral; administration of deworming medicine, and distribution of informative, educative and communicative materials”.
The Special Adviser added that tetanus toxoid will be given to all women of child-bearing-age stressing also that medical counseling on key household practices such as exclusive breastfeeding, hand washing, oral rehydration therapy, as well as home management for fever and diarrhoea will also be provided for caregivers and other target groups.
“Family planning services will be available to couples and other eligible groups; there will also be antenatal care services for pregnant women who attend the clinic and these women will be given blood building drugs, Long Lasting Insecticide Nets to prevent malaria in pregnancy as well as other relevant drugs” Onanuga added.