In Oyo Govt targets 1.5M children for Vitamin A supplement

Adeduntan said parents of children from six months to 59months were expected to bring their wards for the exercise.

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The Oyo State Government says  it is  targeting 1.5 million  children who are under  five years  as beneficiaries of  Vitamin A supplement during the forthcoming Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week.

The state Commissioner for Health,  Dr Azeez Adeduntan, made the disclosure on Saturday in Ibadan while giving  an update on the preparation for  the MNCH week

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the MNCH Week holds  between  May 29  and  June 2.

Adeduntan said  parents of children from six months to 59months were expected to bring their wards to the health facilities and outreach centres provided by the government for the exercise.

He said that Vitamin A was essential for the targeted children in order to boost their immune system, improve their sight as well as prevent measles and other related skin diseases.

The commissioner said the  week would be held in  1,404 health facilities across the state, adding that  two health centres  and two outreaches were selected  in each of the 351 wards throughout the state.

During the MNCH week, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children between 0-59 months will benefit from  free nutrition and health interventions,  including  HIV screening and malnutrition screening.

“There will also be provision of  family planning commodities, birth registration, deworming tablets for children of 12-59 months as well as provision of malaria drugs for pregnant women,’’ he said.

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