Kwara launches “Harmonised Primary Health Care Campaigns” across 16 LGAs



The Kwara Government on Monday launched the “Harmonised Primary Healthcare Campaigns” on series of health interventions aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality across the state.

Mrs Olufoluke AbdulRazaq, the Wife of Kwara Governor said the launch would usher in another round of health intervention packages to take-off on Nov.16.

She said that this round of intervention programmes include campaigns against measles and meningitis for children of  nine months to five years.

According to her, these diseases are generally acclaimed to be among the leading causes of severe illness and deaths among the target population.

“The Maternal and Child Health Week is a week set aside to deliver high impact, low cost but life-saving interventions to women and children.

“This will be observed finally with the last round of the sub-National Immunisations Plus Days (SIPDs) for vaccinating all children below the age of five years to protect them against the paralytic polio disease,” she said.

Abdulrazak said that another round of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week that would afford mothers and caregivers opportunity of packages of interventions free of charge in all health facilities would soon take off across the state.

Dr Rhoda Ajiboye, the Permanent Secretary, Kwara Ministry of Health said that the state government had provided the requisite leadership and ownership in the state health sector.

Ajiboye said that this had propelled the ministry to ensure quality health services was made available and accessible to all people in the state.

According to her, the foundation for the Isolation and Disease Control Centre in Sobi Specialist Hospital was laid on Nov. 11.

She said that the facility would be an observation unit for  treatment of infected patients during disease outbreaks.

Dr Abimbola Folorunso, the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Kwara Ministry of Health said that the state had earlier in the year contended with polio virus as eight children were paralysed from the disease.

Folorunso said that efforts were already in place to continue fighting the disease by penetrating into hinterlands to get to people in remote areas of the state.

She said that some settlements were yet to see any health interventions for the past five years, adding that the state government intervention was now yielding positive result.

Folorunso said that the intervention programmes would  include vaccines for measles, prevention of anaemia for pregnant women and anti-malaria drugs among others.

Edited by Grace Yussuf

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