The FCT Primary Health Care Board has commenced the administration of free intervention package of care to residents for the improvement in health, wellbeing and survival of women and children in the FCT.
The intervention care services which is part of the activities to mark the maternal , newborn and child health week in the territory,
targets 900.000 children from 25th February to 1st March 2019.
The Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Malam Adamu Bappah said the move became necessary in order to reduce the current indices of loosing over 2000 under-five children to death in Nigeria on a daily basis.
Malam Bappah who was represented by Director Administration and Finance, HHSS, Malam Abdulraheem Musa enjoined residents to compliment government’s effort by taking advantage of the free services to improve their health status.
“No eligible woman, newborn or child should miss any of these packages of care… Every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under- five children and 145 women of child bearing age.
This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under- five and maternal mortalities in the world… Although considerable achievements have been made through MNCHW to reduce the current indices, we still need to do more…”
Also, the Acting Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, Doctor Ndaeyo Iwot said the Board targets to reach out to 900,000 children in the territory.
“We hope to perform more than we have done in the past…we are targeting 900,000 children in fct…several personnel have already been deployed to nooks and crannies of the FCT, This we hope will improve the maternal, new born child health.”
According to the Acting Executive Secretary, the event was planned to take off earlier, but had to be rescheduled for this week, due to the 2019 general elections.
Highpoint of the event was a health talk on children nutrition and demonstration of proper hand washing style.