Anambra, UNICEF synergise to tackle maternal mortality, boost child immunization

Anambra Governor Obiano

By Sunny A. David, Onitsha

Anambra State Government is partnering UNICEF to stem maternal mortality rate and boost Child Immunization across the State.

UNICEF Desk Officer, Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mrs. Chineze George-Ileka, stated this during an appraisal meeting with Community Volunteer Mobilisers, VCMs, at Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area.

Mrs. George-Ileka urged the people to train women especially the pregnant ones on need to access health facilities for antenatal and post natal cares.

She emphasized that the meeting was quarterly event and an avenue for volunteers’ appraisal at saving lives of pregnant mothers and increasing child immunization.

Mrs. George-Ileka stated that the meeting was also to ensure that pregnant mothers always attend antenatal, take routine drugs, check HIV status every six months at health centres and advised them to immunize their babies after delivery.

The volunteers were educated on how to mark the three new forms issued to them with the signatory of stakeholders from communities.

Chief Orientation Mobilisation Officer, Mr. Remigus Obi, noted that the exercise was an orientation programme from the Federal Government in partnership with the State on re-echoing essential family practices which entails that pregnant women will visit health centres and sensitize people on benefits of sleeping under mosquito nets as well as maintaining good hygiene in the community.

The former Councilor from Nkpor, Mr. Chris Ogham, urged the Officers in Charge to cut cost for pregnant mothers to enable them access health facilities.

While the State Aids Programme Coordinator, Dr. Afam Anaeme also expressed happiness on the efforts of the volunteers in other local government councils.

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