Abia State Government, Friday said that almost 200,000 pregnant women and children across Abia communities are to benefit from integrated health services under another round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week.
The wife of the state governor, Nkechi Ikpeazu stated this in Umuahia while flagging off the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week, adding that it “is a regular feature in our efforts to drive down the number of mortalities and illnesses amongst mothers and children.
She said the occasion was designed to deliver a weeklong integrated package of highly cost-effective, yet result-oriented, preventive and curative services” and “will feature integrated health services for communities”.
“We are pursuing efforts to reduce high rates of preventable deaths by scaling up some basic steps such as family planning, preventive treatment of malaria in pregnant women and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
“Others include immunization, Vitamin A supplementation, de-worming of children, use of oral rehydration salt with zinc for diarrhea and use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria”.
She encouraged mothers to take advantage of these health packages to ensure that they protect themselves and their babies and to undertake complete ante-natal and post-natal care during pregnancy and after delivery.
Earlier in their speeches, the Chairman, Umuahia South LGA, Hon. Humphrey Chukwudi Benson, representative of WHO and other partner agencies, Peter Ezeukwu, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji and the Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Chinagozi Adindu urged pregnant mothers to avail themselves of the opportunity to be immunized.
WHO and donor partners assured the state government of their readiness to assist, disclosing that last year alone, 8134 children in Abia were “unprotected,” health wise.
Fielding questions from newsmen, the Umuahia South LGA first Lady, Esther Uchechi Humphrey assured that the council would take the sensitization to communities.
Every nursing home across Ireland will receive a collection of photographs taken from the worldwide travels of an explorer from Dublin.
Vincent Butler is behind the Sixty Photographs for Simon collection, an initiative to raise money for homeless charity the Simon Community.
The collection of photographs were taken from the explorer’s worldwide travels when he worked as a lecturer aboard the expedition cruise ship, the National Geographic Explorer, and as an expedition leader with Across the Divide.
Twenty-five countries are represented in a broad geographical sweep in the collection of pictures, from the Arctic to the Sahara, to the Antarctic.
The book was originally published in 2018 and is now being sent to more than 400 nursing homes across the country, and also to schools following a recent fundraising initiative to support the Simon Community.
In the lead up to Christmas, Mr Butler launched a fundraising initiative for the charity, whereby every €10 donation received would result in a copy of the book being sent to a nursing home or a school.
He raised over €12,000 which will see every nursing home in the country receiving the collection of photographs.
More than 800 primary and secondary schools will also be gifted one.
The initiative is supported by An Post’s freepost service for parcels being delivered into nursing homes.
Mr Butler said: “My travels provided me with an opportunity to explore some of the most diverse locations in the world and to capture different geographies, wildlife, natural history and heritage.
“My camera was my companion to capture these very special experiences and the book picks out the finest pictures and most memorable of these.
“I hope it gives people in our nursing homes and schools an insight into the different countries and cultures I was very fortunate to get to know and provokes discussion, curiosity and enjoyment.
“Those who contributed were supporting not just the Simon Community but also expressing solidarity with people in our nursing homes during these difficult times.
“I am delighted to report that the Irish tradition of ‘meitheal’, the coming together of a group of people to help others, is very much alive in our wonderful country.
“When I broached the idea for the fundraiser a close cohort of 18 friends came onboard and joined me. Together we raised €12,357 and every book we are sending has supported the Simon Community.”
Anyone wishing to donate can visit vincentbutlerheritage.ie where people can donate on Vincent’s Simon Community page.