Mothers and Caregivers have been advised to take the advantage of improved health facilities and the Maternal New born and Child Health week to visit health facilities nearest to them to obtain all available health interventions.
The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabirin Betty Ayanwu Akeredolu gave the advice while flagging off the year 2022 Maternal New Born and Child Health week In Akure.
Mrs Akeredolu said Mothers and Care givers should see the health week and other interventions in the Health Sector as measures to curtail all forms of Child killer diseases.
She used the forum to thank Mr Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for providing enabling environment, she also appreciated Stakeholders , partners and other Non Governmental Organization (NGO) for the technical and financial supports in the
Speaking at the Programme, the Commissioner for Health Dr Banji Ajaka said the week long exercise was aimed at reaching all the Children under age 5years with routine immunization, (RI) vaccines, Vitamin A supplement, deworming tablets, screening for malnutrition HIV , counselling and Testing , birth registration and promotion of other Child protection services.
Ajaka said it is noteworthy to mention that Ondo State is rated among the best performed State with over 96% coverage in 2021 maternal and Child Health week
While reiterating the commitment of the present administration to good health for the citizens and building an enviable sunshine state, Ajaka enjoined Parents and Care givers to continue to support the
government efforts at making Ondo State health service delivery best among states of the Federation.
In his speech, the Permanent Secretary of Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Francis Akanbiemu said the health week is being observed across all the 18local government of the state noting that the Services are free.
He therefore charged Mothers, Caregivers and Pregnant women to visit health facilities in their neighbourhood for the free Services.
In her Speech the representative of UNICEF in Ondo State Mrs Ada Ezeugu pledged the continuous support of UNICEF to the health sector of the state.
Highlight of the programme include the wife of the Governor, Arabirin Betty Akeredolu personally administering the vitamin A supplement, deworming tablets as well as teaching the Children on hand washing techniques.
The programme was attended by the Commissioner for women affairs and Social Development Dr ( Mrs) Juliana Osadahin, Special Adviser to Mr Governor on Health Dr Francis Fauyile,
Special Adviser to Mr Governor on Gender, Mrs Mrs Olamide Falana, Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Pham. Folukemi Aladenola., Directors from Ministry of Health and Primary Health care Development Agency as well as Programme Officers.
Others were the Jegun of Ile Oluji, His imperial Majesty Oba Olufaderin Adetimehin and his wife, Religious leaders, Women leaders , Market women, NOA Director in the State, Pregnant women, School Children, representative of Partners to mention a few.