CHILD HEALTH WEEK KICKS OFF IN IMO
The 2010 maternal, new born and child health week and immunization plus days have been flagged off in the 27 local government areas of Imo State.
Flagging off the exercise at the health centre, Amaukwu Orodo, in Mbaitoli Local Government Area, wife of the Council Chairman, Mrs. Miriam Onyema, said the maternal, new born and child health week was aimed at accelerating child survival and development to achieve the global target of eradicating polio.
She affirmed that “Mbaitoli Local Government Area, over the years, has recorded meaningful success in health programmes and remained polio free.”
Mrs. Onyema charged nursing mothers to avail themselves of the opportunity to take their children under five years to the nearest vaccination centres for immunization against the six infant killer diseases.
Also speaking, the Head, Health Department, in the local council, Mrs. Pauline Nkachukwu, stressed the need for mothers to ensure the immunization of their children.
The Supervisor for Health, Mrs. Ihuoma Njoku, advisaed parents to cooperate with the health field officers of the local government during the house to house immunization of children in their area.
Responding on behalf of the mothers, the General Secretary of Amaukwu Orodo Women Organization, Mrs. Chinwendu Anusiem, thanked the local and state governments, the UNICEF and World Bank for taking the immunization programme to the rural areas.