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Adamawa flag-off MNCH week

Adamawa State has flagged-off this year’s first round of Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week in Pella village of Hong Local Government Area.Speaking at the flagging-off ceremony, Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Batulu Muhammad said the week was to strengthened health system and increase coverage and capacity of health workers to deliver quality services.She said the week long campaign would feature routine immunization against childhood killer diseases, screening of acute malnutrition, administration of vitamin A, deworming. provision of antenatal care, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling as well as health education messages on key house hold practices.”To ensure successful conduct of this campaign exercise, Adamawa Ministry of Health Saving One Million Lives programme in collaboration with the agency and our partner agencies have completed training of various cardres of personnel at state, LG and Ward levels for the exercise,”Muhammad said.In his address, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Mr Kennedy Bartimaus, who urged parents to ensure their children did not miss the opportunity, raised concern over outbreak of cholera in few communities in the state and urged for proper hygiene to contain the spread.In his remarks, the District Head of Pella, Alhaji Saleh Mamman, expressed joy for the selection of his area to flag-off the campaign and assured that the exercise would record a remarkable success in the area.Mamman said adequate mobilization had been made for a hitch free exercise.Also speaking, the Adamawa House Committee chairman on Health, Alhaji Sajo Hamidu said the house was committed to support the executive to deliver in area of healthcare.Flagging-off the exercise, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri assured parents of the benefits of the exercise and urged them to availed their wards for the prevention programme.Fintiri whose speech was read by the House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Iya-Abbas, urged all stakeholders to work towards a successful exercise.”I want the general public to understand the importance of our children being healthy, because the future of our dear state and the nation at large lies in their hands. To avoid regrets, lets prevent,” Fintiri said.

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