Approximately 392,699 under five children will benefit from essential health services in a campaign called Child Health Days that will be implemented in Blantyre District.
The campaign is expected to start from December 12 to December 16, 2016 and will take place in all government hospitals, Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) Facilities as well as other health outreach sites.
This was disclosed by the Senior Health Promotion Officer for Blantyre District Health Office, Chrissy Banda in a Press Release issued Tuesday.
According to Banda, the one week campaign aims at providing routine services to communities among other things and raise awareness about; the importance of Vitamins and de-worming and asses the nutritional status of under five children and their mothers.
During the period, health officials will also provide; nutrition education to communities and Vitamin A to children between 6-56 months and postnatal mothers within 8 weeks of delivery.
“This campaign stands to strengthening provision of essential services to under five children as such, within the week, there will be a provision of Vitamin A supplementation and De-worming tablets (Albendazole) which shall be administered to under five children within the age brackets of 12-59 months and 6 to 59 months respectively,” explains the statement.
Vitamin A, improves immunity as well as growth and development of a child where as Albendazole treats parasitic infections thereby preventing Malaria and Anaemia.
To ensure the campaigns effectiveness, Banda indicated that Blantyre DHO has earmarked 31 government including Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, CHAM Facilities as we as 581 outreach sites to administer the services.
Save the children, United Nation Children Fund, World Vision, Hunger Project and SoS are some of the partners that are working hand in hand with BT DHO in implementing the campaign.
Malawi held a nationwide campaign on Child Health Days on October 31 but in Blantyre, it was shifted due to inadequate resources, according to Banda in the statement.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA