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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Maternal and Child Health Booklet, Mama's Kit, NOT FOR SALE!!!

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris  has warned health workers in the State against the practice of selling the Maternal and Child Health Booklets  including the Mama’s Kit – a delivery pack produced for pregnant women by the State.
Idris who urged Lagosians to report such cases, said the items were meant to be distributed free of charge to mothers.
The Commissioner explained that the booklets and kits are essential part of the sensitisation and enlightenment strategy its maternal programme and not for sale.
The booklets are available free of charge to all pregnant women and children who register at the primary health facilities. Further,  he explained that the maternal and child health booklet is a comprehensive home-based product designed to raise awareness on safe motherhood and contain details relevant to birth history, household practices and critical health promotion information have been distributed to pregnant women and children who registered in public health facilities.
“These booklets contain information on pregnancy-related health check-up schedules and emergency care, labour and delivery, postnatal care, family planning, tetanus toxoid immunization, neonatal and child care guide, routine immunization schedule and vaccinations actually received as well as growth monitoring and nutritional state assessment. An estimated 391,100 maternal health booklets and 92,600 child health booklets have been distributed to date”, he said.
Meanwhile, the  State will today hold its 4th round of 2013 stakeholders’ town hall sensitisation and enlightenment meeting in Lagos Central Senatorial district today. The meeting is designed to  enlighten the people on the key messages on how to reduce maternal and child mortality get to the grass roots where maternal and child health interventions are needed the most.
The meeting which will be chaired by Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dame Abimbola Fashola, is targeted at community leaders, women and other stakeholders in Lagos Central Senatorial district which comprises Surulere, Apapa, Eti-Osa, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland local governments and their local council development areas.
“This town hall meeting which will hold at the Surulere local government secretariat is meant to enlighten the public on efforts being made by the state government to reduce maternal child mortality as well as open their minds to the roles they are expected to play to ensure the success of the programme”, Idris noted.
Source: Vanguard

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