Oyo State government on Monday flagged off its Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week (MNCHW) to provide effective free services toward addressing the death of pregnant mothers and children under the age of five.
Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, while flagging off the exercise, said the motive of the exercise is to address health issues facing mothers and their children.
He called on mothers and caregivers to take advantage of the exercise to get quality health service with their children in all the health facilities provided for by the Oyo state government.
Dr Adeduntan added: “Health personnel are already trained and are ready to deliver these interventions across the various communities; resources and other required commodities such as vaccines have also been made available.”
In his address, World Health Organisation representative, Dr Olufunmilola Kolude, called on mothers to ensure that their wards are vaccinated saying vaccination in children guard against childhood killer diseases.
Director-General of National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Sani Aliyu represented by Dr Daniel Udukwue said described deaths of women in the reproductive age group and children as painful. He said the agency is targeting 20,000 women in three LGA for HIV test and that after the test those who tested positive will be getting free treatment in designated health facilities in the state.