The Oyo State government in southwest Nigeria, says it has designated 1,404 facilities for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week taking place between May 29 and June 2 across the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, in a statement released in Ibadan the Oyo state capital said the maternal, newborn and child health week would be held at two health facility centres and two outreaches in each of the 351 wards throughout the state.
He said the government was hoping that about “1.5 million children would be administered with Vitamin A during the period.”
Adeduntan said pregnant women, nursing mothers and children between 0 and 59 months were targeted for free medical services.
The medical services, according to him, will include “Vitamin A, HIV Screening, malnutrition screening and provision of family planning commodities.”
The commissioner said other benefits included birth registration, de-worming tablets for children of 12-59 months as well as provision of Malaria drugs for pregnant women.
He appealed to all “pregnant women and nursing mothers to take advantage of the free 5-day nutrition and health interventions”.
Since the exercise will fall within the muslim Ramadan fasting period, he said “Ramadan does not prevent pregnant women from taking tetanus toxoid vaccines,” he said.
Adeduntan therefore said there should be no excuse for the women and children to be left out of the exercise.