ASPHDA Assures On Improved Maternal, Child Health
Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHDA) says it is committed toward improved maternal and child health through the provision of healthcare interventions.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Chinagozi Adindu, said this in an interview with newsmen in Umuahia yesterday.
Adindu said the agency had adopted a proactive strategy to achieve its set objective.
He said the agency had commenced a maternal, newborn and child health week as well as a modified integrated medical outreach.
He described the two health programmes as strategic to the actualisation of the agency’s objective.
Adindu said: “We have discovered that these mothers, newborn and children are the most affected in cases of some diseases and infections.
“This is because they belong to the vulnerable and low income group in society.
“The agency will articulate about 16 different free health interventions throughout this week as part of its efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality among this group.”
He said the interventions include Iron/Folic Acid supplementation, antimalarial drugs administration and ante-natal care for pregnant women, Tetanus administration, Vitamin A supplementation and screening for acute malnutrition.
Others are de-worming, routine immunisation, health education, birth registration, family planning commodities, distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets, HIV testing services, prevention of mother-to-child treatment, among others.