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August 18, 2018

Imo NOA boss tasks pregnant mothers on immunization

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Pregnant mothers have been advised to take the issue of antenatal seriously by ensuring regular attendance to health centres for adequate check up till childbirth and after.
The Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Imo State, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha gave the advice recently during a meeting with women organizations, age grades, priests, teachers and opinion leaders in the 33 communities of Aboh Mbaise and Social networks organized by UNICEF in partnership with NOA held at the Aboh headquarters last week.
Some diseases are particularly harmful to pregnant women and their babies. Many of these can be prevented through immunization. A mother’s immunity can protect her baby during pregnancy and often for the baby’s first six to 12 months of life.
He said that the programme, described as Volunteer Community Mobilized Initiative (VCM) is aimed at facilitating the development of community system, and capacity for behavior and social change.
Ekeocha pointed out that Aboh Mbaise LGA was chosen as pilot council area to implement the programme, noting that in most communities, members look up to social networks for information and endorsement, adding that the essence of the programme was to see to the protection, development and survival of mother and child.
He said that the social networks in the communities, which he described as a point of influence and active in mobilizing communities could be made to become more efficient change agents in various ways especially in household practice, child care and protection.
He said that the organizers intended to implement the BSC (Behaviour Social Change) concept in the 33 communities of Aboh Mbaise LGA, adding that at the end of the programme, communities were expected to nominate their volunteers who would be given the necessary orientation to enable them follow up the pregnant women until delivery.
In his lecture anchored on the topic, “Where we are on the well-being of our children-a situation assessment,” Mr. Adolphus Okoro , head of Immunization, Ministry of Health Imo State, advised pregnant mothers to always take care of their unborn child till child birth and thereafter.
He regretted the situation whereby some children including mothers are left with incomplete immunization, warning that such practice threatens the lives of both the mother and the child.
Okoro who said that immunization serves as protection against diseases and infections to a child, saying that any child that has adequate vaccines has better chances of survival.
The immunization boss admonished mothers to always ensure they take the mandatary TT vaccines to enable them to be fully protected.

He used the forum to advise the participants rise up to the challenges and ensure they take the message across the entire villages on the need to take immunization seriously.


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