By Stanley Nwanosike
Enugu, Nov. 3, 2020 The Enugu State Government on Tuesday urged mothers and caregivers to take advantage of ongoing free and comprehensive medical outreach in various Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) within the state.
Dr George Ugwu, the Executive Secretary of Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), made the call while speaking with journalists in Enugu.
Ugwu noted that the government in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and other health partners had started a statewide shoring-up of immunisation and PHC activities in all PHC centres.
According to him, these and many more efforts have been made to effectively maintain the state’s status in the post-polio certification.
“Another idea of running the two gigantic free and comprehensive health outreach programme the same time is to check immunisation and PHC services gap created by the lockdown of the COVID-19,’’ he said.
He noted that the state was currently running – modified Integrated Medical Outreach Programme (mIMOP) and Routine Immunisation Intensification Programme (RIIP) – across 566 PHC centres and 291 wards across the 17 council areas in the state.
Ugwu said that over 1146 healthcare workers and 873 community resource persons/volunteers had been trained and empowered with interpersonal communication and protective skills on COVID-19 protocol and guidelines.
“We call on people of all ages, especially mothers and caregivers with children under two years as well as pregnant and nursing mothers to take advantage of ongoing massive, free and comprehensive healthcare service in each of our PHCs.
“It will last throughout this last quarter of the year.
“The free PHC services includes immunisation, treatment of minor ailments, health education and promotion, counselling services, screening for non-communicable diseases and general consultation etc.
“These efforts are geared towards sustaining our efforts to preserve the lives of our people and secure the future of our children through quality, equitable and affordable healthcare delivery services to all in the state,’’ he said.
The executive secretary thanked Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his passion and attention for health matters, especially as it concerns the downtrodden and people in the rural areas.
“We cannot overemphasise the solid support we get from the wife of the governor, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi through her Ugo-Touch of Life Foundation (U-TOLF) on behalf of mothers and children of Enugu State.
“The agency received large quantity of vitamins, de-worming drugs, other drugs and medical consumables from U-TOLF for the ongoing programme.
“And other medical supplies received from our partners and donors that is meant to make the PHC medical outreach programme a huge success in each centre in the state,’’ he added.