First nationwide Maternal and Child Health Week kicks off

25 Nov 2013 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 25 NOV (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services’ (MoHSS) first nationwide Maternal and Child Health Week commenced on Monday.
A media statement issued by the MoHSS says the campaign, which ends on Friday, will provide immunisation and other healthcare services to women and children in all districts of Namibia.
In 2000, Namibia committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and its targets for 2015, which include reducing child mortality rates and improving maternal health.
The country is well on track with its commitment to the goals, but accelerated action is needed to achieve the MDGs related to maternal and child health specifically, the release said.
A comprehensive package of free services and information has been developed for children, pregnant women and parents.
Immunisation, Vitamin A supplementation, the distribution of oral rehydration salts (ORS) and other crucial health services will be provided for free, with special emphasis being placed on the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations of Namibia.
The services offered also include malnutrition screening by using mid-upper arm circumference measurement and follow-ups, the distribution of insecticide-treated nets as well as deworming medicine.
“Crucial health services for women comprise iron-folate supplementation to pregnant women, and tetanus toxic immunisation for women of reproductive age. The package will also include birth registration, which is being done in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.
Parents, caregivers and family members can take their children to any public health centre or clinic which is located nearest to their place of residence to access the services, and they must bring along the child's health passport”, the statement said.
The Health Ministry’s efforts are being technically and financially supported by partners such as the European Union (EU), the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).