Declaring the training open, the Executive Chairman Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Abdullahi Dauda Belel represented by Director community health services of the agency, Hajiya Hauwa Musa said the General Objective of MNCH Week is to contribute to health systems strengthening through improved promotion, delivery and utilization of health and nutrition services by women and children. “Other specific objectives are to increase the coverage of MNCH Week interventions and to improve the capacity of health workers to deliver good quality services.” she said
She called on the participants take it as a challenge to ensure successfully implementation of the campaign exercise.
In March 2010, the Federal government through the National Council on Health (NCH), adopted, the week long, bi-annual (May & November) implementation of MNCH Week in Nigeria. This came against the backdrop of unacceptably poor maternal and under-5 health indices in the country and urgent need to interrupt and reverse the trend. It was expected to improve facility based health seeking behavior of the people. High impact, cost effective lifesaving interventions and services are delivered to pregnant women and under-5 children at the primary health facilities during the week.
BY Abubakar Mohammed
Ministry of Health/SPHCDA