Enugu State done very well in child, maternal, PHC health space this year – ENS-PHCDA boss

The Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA) says Enugu State has done very well in child, maternal, and Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) space this year.

The Executive Secretary of ENS-PHCDA, Dr Ifeyinwa Ani-Osheku, discovered this to newsmen on Monday at the end of the UNICEF 2023 End-of-the-Year Review Consultation meeting held in Enugu.

Ani-Osheku said that the state had done very well in thematic critical areas that UNICEF covers on the child, maternal, PHC, nutrition, supplement provisions, and community health education levels.

“Enugu State is at the frontiers of what is happening today in the child, maternal, and PHC space and I guess that is why Enugu State is selected to host this UNICEF critical review meeting for the year.

“We have done well in nutritional balance for children and using wide-spread nutritional education to increase the nutritional level of our children through UNICEF support.

“We have successfully carried out two bi-annual events of Maternal, New Born, and Child Health Week in all PHC centers in the state.

“In the week, we focused on supplementing our pregnant women and nursing mothers to ensure they carry out pregnancy and feed the infant in a healthy well with minimal or no cost to the family.

“We have significantly decreased the morbidity of children in the state through meticulous and timely immunization campaigns and implemented a sound nutrition plan and campaign through the assistance of UNICEF.

“The ENS-PHCDA has supplemented children with Vitamin A for development of eyesight and sharp brain as well as a de-worming program to ensure the healthy development of children in the state,” she said.

According to her, we are grateful to UNICEF for supporting our cold-chain storage system, especially for our vaccines.

The executive secretary said that UNICEF UNICEF-supported cold-chain storage facility had made Enugu State successful in routine and special immunizations whether in fixed post and mobile or house-to-house immunization this year.

“The functional cold-chain storage facility in the state has led to the state stocking enough variety of different vaccines that are kept ready and at a right and effective temperature for all forms of immunization in the state.

“UNICEF has supported our immunization with functional community or local awareness and health education programs and publicity campaigns that have made our immunization penetration and coverage in the state very wide.

“These various UNICEF support have assisted greatly in maintaining optimal health of millions of children and mothers at the community levels in the state,” she said.

The review meetings reflected key achievements in the following areas, which included: key innovations and learning; partnership; constraints; actions required to address performance constraints, lessons learnt, and best practices.

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