Lagos to dis­trib­ute tetanus tox­oid to child-bear­ing women

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, Lagos

The Lagos State gov­ern­ment plans to dis­trib­ute tetanus tox­oid to all women of child-bear­ing-age as part of mea­sures to re­duce child and ma­ter­nal re­lated deaths in the state.

The spe­cial ad­viser to the state gover­nor on Pri­mary Health Care, Dr Olufemi Onanuga, made this known while declar­ing open the first round of the 2016 Ma­ter­nal and Child Mor­tal­ity Re­duc­tion Pro­gramme in Lagos.

Onanuga said the state gov­ern­ment was ready to launch a wide range of high-im­pact and low-cost pack­ages of pro­tec­tive, preven­tive and pro­mo­tive ser­vices that would be pro­vided to the whole fam­ily dur­ing the week in an in­te­grated man­ner.

“Th­ese ser­vices will in­clude rou­tine im­mu­niza­tion; Vi­ta­min A sup­ple­men­ta­tion; growth mon­i­tor­ing and pro­mo­tion, screen­ing for mal­nu­tri­tion and ap­pro­pri­ate coun­sel­ing and re­fer­ral; ad­min­is­tra­tion of de­worm­ing medicine and dis­tri­bu­tion of in­for­ma­tive, ed­uca­tive and com­mu­nica­tive ma­te­ri­als.

“Tetanus tox­oid will also be given to all women of child-bear­ing-age which will ac­com­pany med­i­cal coun­sel­ing on key house­hold prac­tices such as ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing, hand washing and oral re­hy­dra­tion ther­apy.

“Home man­age­ment for fever and di­ar­rhoea will also be pro­vided for care­givers and other tar­get groups,” Onanuga said.

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