Bauchi govt to spend N16.8m on Maternal health programme
By Rita Michael Bauchi
Bauchi State Government is to spend N16.8 million on its 2017 second round of Maternal Neonatal Child Health Week (MNCH) in the state.
The Executive Chairman of Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), Adamu Gamawa, disclosed this in Bauchi on Tuesday.
According to him, the exercise would be conducted in 646 facilities across the 323 wards in the state.
Gamewa said that the exercise would also captured 1,351,025 under five children and 341,059 pregnant mothers.
He said that the interventions include; Vitamin A,Iron and Fesolate, counseling on HIV/AIDS, Nutritional screening and referral on nutrition, Malaria drugs among others.
Gamawa said that the services would be provided free in 646 facilities - that is two facilities per ward - and it will last for five days starting from 20th to 24th November.
He said that supports were received from partners such as United Nations For Children Fund (UNICEF), which provided 996,500 doses of vitamin A, while World Health Organization gave technical support and Plan International HC3 and Helen Keller international also supported in social mobilization.
Gamawa commended other ministries in the state for their support towards discharging such exercise that would impact on public health.
Flagging off the second round of the 2017 Maternal, New-born and Child Health Week at Bayan Fada Maternity Bauchi, Hajia Hadiza Abubakar, the wife of the state governor, expressed worry over the high rate of maternal and child morbidity and mortality in North East.
Hajia Abubakar, who was represented by the wife of Deputy Governor, Hajia Fatima Nuhu Gidado, said that the five days dedicated to celebrate MNCH week is part of the present administration’s effort to improve maternal, newborn and child health in the state.
According to her, the 5 point health agenda of Governor Mohammed Abubakar is to ensure quality health care services for the citizens particularly women and children.
She thereby called for collective efforts in reducing maternal and child mortality in the state and the country at large.
Hajia Abubakar appealed to parents and wards to take their children to health facilities for MNCH week.
Besides,, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Sa’idu Aliyu Gital, had congratulated the SPHCDA for the planning and arrangement of the week-long activity.
He expressed confidence that several national and state health policies, programmes and initiatives like National Health Act, the PHC Under One Roof (PHCOUR), Nigeria State Health Investment (NSHIP) and the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML P for R) have had direct impact on PHC services.
He said, “In addition to the above, the ward minimum health care package and the integrated maternal, New-Born, and Child Health Initiative (IMNCHI) were introduced by the federal government to provide implemennation stategy of MNCH has since been accepted in Bauchi State".
He assured that by the time the programes and initiatives are fully implemented and rolled out, poor health indices would be no more in the state, adding that with these and many others on the drawing board, government’s commitment toward addressing maternal, neo-natal and child health services is no more in doubt.”
Caption: Hadiza Abubakar, wife of Bauchi State governor.