WIFE OF Anambra State Governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has expressed the commitment of the State government to ensure Children’s healthcare and welfare continue to take priority positions and are well funded.
Mrs. Obiano who represented the Governor, Willie, at the flag off of the National Immunisation Plus Days (NIPDs) at at Oraukwu Primary Healthcare centre, Idemmili North Local Government Area commended mothers in the area who have continued to demonstrate their affection in supporting the welbeing of their children.
Mrs Obiano noted that the Anambra State Governor takes seriously the wellbeing of all children in the state and would never joke with funding their healthcare.
In a speech presented on behalf of the Governor, Obiano said, “I take anything concerning the health and life of children and Ndi Anambra seriously. This is why I am present at virtually every Immunization Day. I thank the nursing mothers who turned out for this flag-off; this is a testimonial to your commitment and care for children since you help in reducing or total eradication of infant mortality. I expect the Commissioner for Health and his team to mobilize women across our Communities to ensure that their babies are immunized.”
He highlighted the programmes of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) in the health sector including advocacy and outreach to rural women to improve their understanding of basic health issues and the need to stay safe by attending regular antennal to reduce maternal mortality.
Obiano also informed the people about the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise, and called on all who do not have voters card to come out and be registered. He advised against double registration while urging stakeholders to be alert to ensure that impostors do not hijack the mandate of the people.
Also at the event,Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabike, explained the importance of immunizing all children below the age of five years from point of birth adding that the booster doses of vaccine was only to ensure that “polio which had been eliminated for over ten years in Anambra State does not come back”.
The Commissioner told all nursing mothers and stakeholders that immunization is administered free of charge and advised mothers to equally ensure all their children get immunised because it is safe to do do so.
He further explained that the health sector in the state is underdoing reforms with the rehabilitation of 63 healthcare clinics out of many healthcare clinics across the state.
Akabike also reiterated that Anambra has started universal health services to boost health delivery to the people and called on the people to support efforts of the governor as he revamps health delivery at all levels.
Stakeholders at the flag off programe included member of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) Management Support Team, Sule Ahmed, who said the team came see how the State could be supported in ensuring the success of the immunisation exercise.
In his remark, a community leader, Asher Nnabuife appreciated Governor Obiano for choosing Idemili North LGA for the National Immunization Plus Days flag-off and assured that families and mothers in the local Government will be monitored for compliance.
Also, Secretary to State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, a native of Oraukwu, expressed gratitude for the privilege of having the town selected for the exercise and equally appealed to all caregivers to support Anambra government to make a success of all healthcare programmes meant for the good of the communities in the area.