IGBODO (Ika Weekly) – Pregnant women and Nursing mothers have again been advised to always go to their nearest hospital or Health centers for their antenatal care and immunization of their babies against communicable diseases.
The Matron and Proprietor of Nkeakam Maternity Home, Igbodo in Ika North East Local government Area, Mrs. S.K Offor who made the call at Ilabor quarters Igbodo during an Immunization exercise for babies in the area; said the exercise is to prevent the children against polio, yellow fever and other communicable diseases and infections arising from child birth.
Mrs. Offer disclosed that the immunization programme, which is organized by the social Health Workers from the Local Government Headquaters, Owa-Oyibu, is designed for pregnant women and children between the ages of one day to five years old.
The Matron further disclosed that the exercise is, conducted every 20th of the month and that over 100 pregnant women and children have benefited from the programme.
The leader of the health workers from Owa-Oyibu Mr. Isima Emmanuel said Nkeakam Maternity Home is one of the centre she uses to reach out to the target group so that health care service delivery will be felt in all the nooks and crannies of the state, adding that response to the programme in Igbodo area has been very encouraging.
In a related development, the registrar for birth and death from the National Population commission (NPC) Mr. Joseph Osayande who is working alongside with the team said his duties are to issue certificates for both births and deaths recorded in the Local Government Area.
Mr. Osayande said the exercise is to ascertain the number of children born into the country and the number of those that die during the relevant period thereby arriving at the birth and death rate in the country.
Mr. Osayande therefore appealed to all pregnant women in the area to attend antenatal clinic and ensure that their children are registered at birth.