Bauchi First Lady launches 2021 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week, stresses significance of local food for child survival

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Bauchi State First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed launching the newborn health week 

By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi

Bauchi State has launched second round of the 2021 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week, advocating the significance of the program as an avenue to educate women on the need to use available local foods for healthy living and survival of mother and child.
Speaking during the ceremony organized by the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) held at the State Low Cost, PHC in Bauchi, State First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed appreciated the roles of Development Partners for their multiple support to the state.
The First Lady said that, “The interventions will be given freely to mothers and children, especially under the age of five, perhaps another critical step in reducing high rate of maternal and child morbidity  and mortality  in the state.”
In his speech, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr Samai’la Dahuwa, explained that the objectives of MNCH week is to contribute to health system’s strengthening through improved promotion, delivery and utilization of health and nutrition services to the woman and children.
In his opening remark, the Executive Chairman, BSPHCDA, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed stated that in this year’s event, there will be a house to house vitamin A supplementation and deworming medication to the target beneficiaries which are mainly children.
MNCH Week came up as one of the outcomes of the 53th National Council on Health meeting held in Asaba, Delta State in March 2008. During that conference, it was agreed that the event should hold twice a year in each state of the Federation. 
Bauchi state is fortunate to fall among the implementing states where the activity is being held in May and November, said Dr Mohammed 
Some of the outreach services include: vitamin A supplements, routine immunizations, Deworming tablets, screening for nutrition, micronutrients powder and tablets supplementation, Folic Acid, Zinc/ORS and other valuable health intervention. 
In this year’s activity, Bauchi State is targeting 18% of children from 6 years to 59 months of age, folic acid will be given to pregnant mothers, while deworming medications will be served to children from 12 to 59 months of age. The micronutrients powder is for 6 – 59 months.
Highlights of the event included drama presentation on the importance MNCH services, hand-wash demonstrations, cooking demonstration, distribution of available commodities and health services as contained in a statement by Ibrahim Sani, Information Officer, BASPHCDA. 

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