We Shall Hold Parents Responsible lf Preventable Diseases Affect Their Children – Dame Okowa
Dame Okowa, wife of the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has warned mothers to be the ambassadors of health for their wards by taking vaccination of their children and wards seriously or be held responsible if preventable diseases affect them.
Dame Okowa stated this in Asaba when she flagged off the second round of Maternal Newborn Child Health Week (MNCHW), reiterating that the state government had started implementing free medical care for the elderly and disabled as well as improved the free under five medical services.
While stating that ignorance was not an excuse, she said that the state government, as part of efforts to strengthen the health care of Deltans, is committed to the provision of health for all Deltans.
She further called on women to help in the reduction ratio of maternal mortality by choosing from the various family planning options saying that family planning reduces the death of mothers.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, during his opening address said that the State had successfully implemented 16 rounds of the MNCHW since its inception in March 2010.
He said that the programme was an intervention measure for preventive and curative services aimed to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality rate in Nigeria.
Azinge noted that with the contributory health insurance scheme and the Delta State Strategic Health Work Plan, the state was poised to improving healthcare coverage.