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WHO to commence week-long maternal treatment, child immunisation in Edo

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it will commence maternal treatment, newborn and child immunisation exercise in Edo.

Mrs Kate Ogieugo, WHO State Representative made this known in Benin on Wednesday during a one-day stakeholders’ sensitisation meeting for the upcoming campaign.

Ogieugo said the campaign scheduled to start on November 19 would be targeted at children and child bearing women of 15 to 49 years.

She also said that Vitamin A would be given to children of six to 59 months to prevent child mortality.

She said the programme was made possible due to the payment of counterparts fund for the programme by the Edo Government.

“The interventions during the week will include immunisation of children from zero to 59 months, health education on exclusive breastfeeding for first six months.

“Complementary feeding, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, simple hand washing techniques using soap and water, personal hygiene, birth registration and family planning services.

“Vitamin A supplementation to children from six months to five years, DE-worming , Ante-natal service including malaria prevention and treatment, administration of Tetanus Diphtheria Vaccine to pregnant women and Nutrition screening,” she said.
According to her, the programme would be carried out at all health centres and designated centres across the state from 8.00am to 4pm daily.

Ogieugo said “Vaccinators will not move from house to house. In a single visit, all health interventions will be provided for mother and child at health and designated centres.

“It is a package of high impact, preventive and curative services. It is cost effective. Repeated Oral polio Vaccine (OPV) will boost the child immunity,’’ she added.

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According to her, all services rendered during the week-long programme will be free. She urged mothers and caregivers should take their children to the nearest health centres.

 

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