Bayelsa State Secretariat, Yenagoa. –
A world where every birth is wanted.
Children of choice not chance.
Both are the mission and vision statements of MARIE STOPES: one of the organisation’s represented at the Core Technical Committee (CTC) meeting on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) strategy, Hosted by Mrs. Masa Happiness Powei, Reproductive Health (RH) Coordinator, on the 17th of April, 2018 at the Conference Hall, Ministry of Health, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The inauguration of the Core Technical Committee (CTC) in each state is in line with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) mandate on Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (IMNCH) strategy.
The strategy was adopted by the National Council on Health in 2003 to achieve the realization of reduction in child morbidity and mortality as well as improve maternal health in the country through the existing range of maternal and child survival interventions.
The 17th Of April CTC meeting had participants from the State Ministry of Health, PHC Department, Programme Officers, Representatives of Public Health Practitioners, ECWES, MARIE STOPES, JAWA, etc.
Mrs. Masa Happiness made known the Objectives and mandates of the meeting which are;
- To enhance delivery of maternal, newborn and child health services at the service delivery points.
- To strengthen community demand for integrated services at the health centers.
- Conduct regular review and planning meeting with the LGA and key stakeholders to monitor progress and re-plan to improve on the implementation.
- Intensify Public/Private Partnerships with Corporate Organizations in their respective areas of operation, including local production of Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (IMNCH) commodities.
- Organize, involve and build capacity of private sector service providers and professional bodies to support implementation.
Some of the Attendants however re-pledged their promise of creating sustainable Health Care Programs/Services for Mothers, Newborns and Children’s. The Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care (SPHCDB) Dr. Bekesu A. Martiny suggested that every single pregnant mother in Bayelsa be registered so as to receive their stipend of N2000 after registering.
The Major issue of the day was that of, Parents not allowing their children to be immunized – this issue was traced back to the emergence of Operation Crocodile Smile II by the Nigerian Army and the Monkey Pox Outbreak where most were made to believe that their children were being injected the Monkey Pox Virus. It was however decided on by those in attendance that the immunization team are to;
- Identify with paramount chiefs of the town where immunization exercises are to carried out in.
- Involve Headmasters/mistresses, Teachers and pastors at the given area.
- To engage the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) Nigeria in any of their outreaches.
After all, has been said and noted down the participants at the meeting took a time off to merry before the meeting came to an end.