Parents and caregivers in Ahiazu Mbasie LGA have been enjoined to maximize the advantage of Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Week (MNCHW) to fully immunize their children against child killer diseases.
The LGA Head of Department (HOD) Health, Mrs. Callista Chimezie made the call while monitoring the progress of the 1st round 2015 MNCHW in the area.
She said the health week is an integrated health intervention strategy for child and mother survival aimed at minimizing infant and maternal mortality and called on traditional rulers, community and religious leaders to assist sensitize the communities and wards on the benefits derivable.
Speaking, the Local Immunization Officer (LIO) Sanitarian Donatus Ohaka said measles, yellow fever, penta valent and Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) as well as Vitamin A supplement would be administered during the period.
He called on nursing and pregnant mothers to avail the opportunity to update the dose of Tetanus Trioxide (TT) to avert muscular contraction and spasm which could cause death of mother and child during delivery, reiterating that the campaign was not house to house but at health centres and outreach posts.
On his part, the LGA Social Mobilization Officer (SMO), Mr. George Umunakwe outlined that the vaccines are effective, free and safe, stressing the need for regular immunization of children to forestall preventable diseases and death.
In her remarks, the LGA Cold Chain Officer, Mrs. Monica Nwachukwu enjoined the health teams not to expose the vaccines to heat and sunlight to preserve the potency.
The LGA Health Educator and Sister-in-charge of Oru Health Centre, Mrs. Roselyn Anyanwu and Mrs. Joy Onyemegbulem, respectively held health talks for the women on the importance of hand washing, personal and public hygiene, child spacing and family planning, breastfeeding and use of Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN), during the weeklong health programme.