Health Workers and Voluntary Community Mobilsers (VCM) in Idemili South LGA have been commended for commitment in maintaining Maternal and Child Health within communities in the council area.
Dr Femi Adeyemi, HIV/Aids Specialist, Enugu Field Office, said during an `Appraisal Meeting’, in Ojoto that their hard work had been evident in the monthly data analysis from the communities.
He urged them not to relent in their diligence as no amount of money could reward their efforts in saving lives.
Dr Adeyemi noted that the effect of community volunteer workers had been showing in the database, given the rise in the number of antennal visits at Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and reduction in maternal deaths.
He, then, pleaded with health workers to follow up on nursing mothers, until their children get to at least a year, so as to reduce child morbidity and mortality.
“We have seen the difference in the data. More visits to PHCs, children get vaccinated. Don’t stop at encouraging antenatal.
“Follow up on the women, until their babies are a year old. Most children die between a day old and a year,” noted Adeyemi.
He said that UNICEF intended to extend the programme to the remaining 11 LGA’s in Anambra State, which had yet to benefit from it as a result of poor funding.
In a speech, the (UNICEF) Desk Officer, Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Anambra State, Mrs Chineze George-Ileka (JP) told the Officers in Charge (OIC) of PHCs to desist from dishonest gains or excess billing of patients.
She said that midwives should endeavour to keep accurate records of antenatal visits and deliveries in PHCs.
Mrs George-Ileka told them that UNICEF and Anambra government had been investing funding and human services to sensitise various communities on the need to visit PHCs for their healthcare. (MOI)