THE Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA) says the state has done well in child and maternal health and Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) space this year.
The Executive Secretary of ENS-PHCDA, Dr Ifeyinwa Ani-Osheku, made this known in an interview with
the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday at the end of UNICEF 2023 End-of-the-Year Review
Consultation meeting held in Enugu.
Ani-Osheku said the state had done very well in thematic critical areas that UNICEF covers on child,
maternal, PHC, nutrition, supplement provision and community health education levels.
She added that “Enugu State is at the frontiers of what is happening today in the child, maternal and
PHC space and I guess that is why the state is selected to host this UNICEF critical review meeting for the year.
“We have done well in nutritional balance for children and using wide-spread nutritional education to
increase the nutritional level of our children through UNICEF support.
“We have successfully carried out two bi-annual events of Maternal, New Born and Child Health Week
in PHCs; we focused on supplementing our pregnant women and nursing mothers to ensure they feed
the infants in a healthy way with minimal or no cost to the family.
“We have significantly decreased the morbidity of children in the state through meticulous and timely
immunisation and implemented sound nutrition plan with UNICEF’s assistance.
“The ENS-PHCDA has supplemented children with Vitamin A for development of eye sight and sharp brain, as well as de-worming programme to ensure healthy children.”
The executive secretary thanked UNICEF for supporting the cold-chain storage system, especially for vaccines, adding that “the functional cold-chain storage facility enabled the state to stock enough vaccines that are kept ready and at the right temperature for immunisation.”
NAN reports that the review meeting reflected key achievements in key innovations and learning; partnership; constraints; actions required to address performance constraints, lessons learnt and best practices. (NAN)
-Nov. 17, 2023 @ 16:05 GMT |