The State Chief Executive Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on all Pregnant Women, Nursing Mothers and Women of Child bearing age to take advantage of the ongoing 1st Round Maternal, New Born and Child Health Week to access Medicare.

 The Governor made this call at the Flag Off of the Maternal and Child Health Week at the Primary Health Centre, Ozuoba, in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the State.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Governor Wike said his administration is highly committed to the timely implementation of health programmes by providing all the needed funds, stressing that he does not condone delays especially in health matters. “If there are any delays the respective organizations will be held accountable” he warned.

He called on our technical partners and policy drivers to work closely and ensure that a second round is carried out before the end of this year.

Governor Wike who said the events will be going on simultaneously in all the health centres across the State urged all concerned to key into it.

“Every single health centre is involved in this programme, and i want to encourage every mother and every woman of child bearing age to go to your nearest health centre to participate. It is very important they will deliver a minimum health package to you.” He stressed.

 Governor Wike said his Administration is poised to tackle effectively infant, child, and maternal mortality and morbidity, stressing that no woman deserves to die while giving birth.

Earlier the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Mrs. Caroline Wali said the maternal and  child health week is designed to deliver services which reduces death and improves the well being  among women and children in the Country, targeting the new born, under five , pregnant women, nursing mothers and mothers of under five children.

 She said the coverage of these services has increased in the state because of the support of the Governor Wike led Administration.

In their good will messages Mr. Welbroad Ngambi the Chief of Field Office, Unicef Rivers Field Office and Dr. Imoh Ukpong, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, State coordinator expressed their willingness to continue to partner with the State Government to improve the health indices of the State.


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