Monday 21st August, 2017
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Ganduje spends N124 million on free medical care for children, pregnant women

Ganduje spends N124 million on free medical care for children, pregnant women

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.