Sunday 24th September, 2017
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Kano govt spends N124m on free medical care for children, pregnant women

Kano govt spends N124m on free medical care for children, pregnant women

The 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 Monday.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso who briefed journalists on the weeklong event on Sunday said the programme is 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’s 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.

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