Her Excellency Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Ayade, officially Flag-Off the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week Round 2, today at the Primary Health Centre, Ikot Omin, 8 Miles in Calabar, under the auspices of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and Partners. She was represented by the Director General of the Agency, Dr. (Mrs.) Janet Ekpenyong.
Dr. Ekpenyong, on behalf of Her Excellency, welcomed all Partners, Health Workers and Stakeholders to the Second Round of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week. According to her, Dr. Ayade would have loved to be present personally, but not for other official engagements, because this is so dear to her heart.
“it’s another opportunity to see how our children, particularly those from the ages of zero to 5years and at least get some basic health needs to help prepare them for the future. During this period, we can see them have vitamin A supplementation to boost eye care and entire wellbeing, and deworming. It’s another opportunity to make sure any of our children who may have missed out during immunization can be protected and covered. We want every child to have access to quality health services, not to be deprived; hence, the decentralization of the process, schools, worship centres, houses to ensure that every child that falls within this range is captured.
“The exercise comes with a basket of activities, immunization, receiving vitamin A, dewormed and other services. Adults are not left out as well, because our pregnant women attend antenatal care, access to ANC services and receive all that they need and run all tests required. Our fathers and mothers are not left out, because COVID-19 Vaccination will be ongoing.
“for us, we hope to surpass the target of 800,000 thousand, as we have done in the past. So, please, mothers, fathers, caregivers, owners of schools, worship centres, allow Health Workers to come in to get our children vaccinated, get the vitamins supplementation, deworm and get vaccinated against COVID-19 for those yet to have received. Help us pass on the information to neighbours, brothers and sisters who have children within this age bracket.
“On behalf of the Cross River State Government, I want to use this opportunity to really appreciate the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, for all the support. We appreciate our Partners, WHO, UNICEF, Nutrition International, Traditional and Religious Leaders for all their contributions to make sure this exercise works, the Media is not left out, you’ve been wonderful and supportive of our programs, this has made our work much easier to reach the grassroots and hard to reach localities. This intervention is for the entire State,” she concluded.
Other speakers at the event with goodwill messages include: Mr. Julius Idoko, the representative of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Kessy Thompson, UNICEF Representative. Dr. Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health. Mrs. Grace Utiung (SNO) and Mrs. Blessing Omachi (DLGHA).
The high point of the event was the administering of Vitamin A, Deworming and Birth Registration.
Mrs. Nsa Ekpenyong, SSMO anchored the programme.