LASG Pledges Commitment to Maternal, Child Health
Written by Adekoya on July 10, 2019
The Lagos State government says it is set to reduce Child Morbidity and Mortality as it marks the 2019 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week which is geared towards the provision of health interventions surrounding maternal, newborn and child health care in the State.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves made this known during a press conference in Lagos
Dr Goncalves stated that the government remains committed to providing interventions surrounding maternal, newborn and child health in the State as maternal, peri-natal and child health is one of the most important issues determining global and national wellbeing.
Dr. Goncalves said that the government has put in place various measures to ensure an effective healthcare system to tackle the twin issue of maternal and child mortality in the State.
She disclosed that Lagos State has embarked on integration of low cost, high impact services and packages across reproductive, maternal, new born and child health due to the great potential of creating an effective and sustainable health care delivery for women and children.
She stated further that programmes such as Maternal and Child Mortality Reduction, Family Planning services, prevention and management of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis as well as nutrition services are also being integrated and implemented within the primary health care framework alongside training of health workers.
According to the medical practitioner the state government would improve on community outreach programs with a view to promoting adequate health access for women and children in the State.
Dr Goncalves implored Lagosians especially caregivers to take advantage of this year’s Maternal, New born and Child Health (MNCH) Week which is scheduled to hold from Monday, 15th to Saturday, 19th July 2019 by taking their children from age 0- 5 to any of the Primary Healthcare Centres nearest to them to access the various health services which include routine immunization; Vitamin A supplementation; growth monitoring and promotion, screening for malnutrition and appropriate counselling/referral; distribution of deworming medicine, amongst others.