By G9ija

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has launched the second round of the 2019 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) and Tetanus Eradication (MNTE) campaign.

The exercise is aimed at safeguarding mothers of child bearing age, newborn and children.

Speaking at the launching ceremony at Zango Daji in Adavi Local Government, the governor assured the people of his commitment to ensure the reduction in maternal, newborn and child mortality rate to the barest minimum.

Bello, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Primary Health Care (PHC), Mrs. Grace Tokura, said his administration had created an enabling environment and was giving the necessary support to health care delivery.

He said that his second term would herald improved maternal and child health care services for women and children and ensure increased quality of life for the people.

“We have been delivering on our promises to the people and we are determined to do more in collaboration with our development partners,” the governor said.

No stone unturned so as to ensure our people benefit in all primary health care provisions,” he said.

He thanked the Development Partners- WHO, UNICEF and NPHCDA for their tireless support to PHC activities in the state, stressing that their combined efforts had yielded good results.

Dr Faisal Shuaibu, the Executive Director, NPHCDA, who was represented by Dr Obi Emelife, Head Non Polio SIAs, NPHCDA, assured of the continuous support of the agency for the success of the programme in the state.

The week long healthcare activities would ensure access by mothers and children of 0-59 months to Routine Immunisation, and immunisation against Tetanus for females within ages of 15-49 years.