The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has flagged off the Maternal, Newborn Child Health Week at an event put together by the State Ministry of Health at Democracy Park, Akure.
Addressing the gathering, Mrs. Akeredolu emphasised the role of mothers noting that they do not just build the nation but are critical in nurturing it, adding that there is nothing more fulfilling than this sacred task of raising children and by extension, building the nation.
Mrs. Akeredolu who lauded the present government for creating an enabling environment and resources needed for the successful implementation of the June 2018 round of MNCHW as well as other numerous healthcare interventions aimed at ensuring child protection, survival and development in the state.
She also acknowledged the collective efforts of LGA chairmen, women leaders , market women, traditional and religious leaders and numerous NGO in the state who have been working towards providing healthcare services at the grassroots.
Arabirin Akeredolu however used the opportunity to highlight some of the successes of Accelerated Birth Registration under the Olori connection initiative.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Hon Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro affirmed that the weeklong programme is aimed at delivering integrated package of health services for children under age 5 and as well pregnant women while noting that the last round of the 2017 MNCHW was very successful.
He also lauded Governor Akeredolu for building the future generation of the state, stressing that committed health workers have been trained for the exercise both at the state and local level noting that it will be an ongoing project.
Tunde Ayoade while speaking on behalf of UNICEF urged parents to take advantage of the programme and immunize their children.
The exercise include routine Immunization, administration of Vitamin A supplements, Birth Registration, Screening for Malnutrition, HIV counseling and testing among others.