Kano state government has procured N124 worth of drugs and other medical equipment to be distributed and administered free-of-charge to women and children in the first round of Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week which commenced on Monday.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso who briefed journalists on the week-long programme said they are targeting to immunize 3.2 million children under the age of five years, while over 600, 000 pregnant women will receive free-medical care under the sponsorship of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration.
Dr. Getso, however appealed to husbands to allow their wives take advantage of the programme which is billed to end on May 19.
“It is my hope that during this MNCH Week, men will allow their wives to visit the more than 1, 360 service centres across the state to access the intended services free-of-charge for the benefit of our women and children who are the future of our state,” he added.
Dr. Getso explained that during the MNCH Week, a range of high-impact, low-cost interventions are offered to pregnant women and children under the age of five years, with the aim of increasing coverage levels of some important preventive and curative health indicators that allow mothers and children to strive and develop.
“It also provides an opportunity to deliver health services for the mother, newborn and child through the existing health system most of which are already enshrined in our age-long free MCH services available at both primary and secondary levels of care,” he stated.
Getso said that the MNCH week will render services of providing Vitamin A supplementation, de-worming of children, immunization of the under-five children, nutritional status screening, anti-natal services including malaria and prophylaxis for pregnant women, birth registration and demonstration of key house-hold practices.
He added that already, all the 185 facilities are fully accredited to make the programme a huge success, just as he expressed appreciation to development partners such as WHO, UNICEF, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), MNCH2, Dangote Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Society for Family Health (SFH), among others for their prompt interventions and support.