Mama en Pikin marklate targets 1.2 million under five children
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) on Friday, November 28 at their conference room, informed the general public on the forthcoming Maternal and Child Health Week which will take place from the 5th – 8th December this year.
Addressing Journalists, the Public Relations Officer of the health Ministry, Jonathan Abass Kamara, stated that all around the globe, the international community is presently working with all countries to improve the delivery of needed services to women and children in a bid to ensure sustainable socio-economic development.
He said the goal of the Maternal and Child Health Week is to increase the coverage for various life saving interventions that impact on the welfare of women and children thereby reducing mortality and morbidity.
He maintained that that their major objective is to achieve at least 95% coverage for specific interventions, adding that their interventions for December this year will include Vitamin A supplementation, deworming with Albendazole, defaulter tracing for routine immunization and household registration.
He stressed that it was worth noting that mass immunization activities are supplemental to routine activities which are necessary to reach as many children who for one reason or the other , have been missed.
He dilated that the focus of the week is to reach as many children as possible and provide another opportunity for tracking missed children, as an effort aimed at complementing the facility base health service delivery.
He disclosed that they aim to immunize at least one million two hundred thousand under five children.
In his statement, the Programme Manager of the Maternal and Child Health Week, Dr. Alfredo Moosa said disease knows no borders.
He pointed out that as a country we must do everything in our power to ensure that the disease does not cross borders of neighbouring countries to prevent every infection that is preventable.
He noted that this year’s immunization week is taking advantage of the successful partnership that the Ministry has with its partners to broaden national efforts to increase awareness about infant immunizations and access to health services
He concluded that the Week is being implemented twice a year (May and November) to all children between the age bracket of 0 – 5 years.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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