Anambra State Government said it has targeted a population of 2.54 million children and pregnant women for immunization in the 2nd round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week, MNCHW, programme in the state .
Addressing newsmen in his office complex, Awka, the State Commissioner for Health Dr. Joe Akabuike explained that the exercise schedule to kick off on Tuesday (today) is aimed at reducing neo-natal, maternal and child morbidity and mortality in the state.
Giving the breakdown, Akabuike said 900,970 children, 6-59 months would receive vitamin A; 211,993 children, 0-11 months(under one year) to be given oral polio vaccines, OPR, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine ,PCV, Pentavalent Vaccine and Inactivated Vaccine, IPV, while 143,095 pregnant women and women of child bearing age would be given tetanus toxiod.
According to him, the objectives include to ensure the sustenance of break in the transmission of wild polio virus, scale up integration and delivery of other child survival intervention, boost routine immunization coverage as well as register births in the state.
Akabuike added that other cost effective health preventive and curative interventions would be delivered during the period, including nutrition screening, counselling for malnourished children, de-worming of children, antenatal care, care of newborn, management of treated Nets, LLINS, to prevent malaria among others.
While insisting that all the vaccines are free and safe, the commissioner called on care givers to avail themselves of these interventions, even as he also advised pregnant/women of child bearing age to visit the nearest health facilities to assess health care services.
He said, the programme organized by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with Anambra State Government, would be flagged off by Governor Willie Obiano at Obeledu on Tuesday and would run till Friday 11th December 2015.

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