Balaka targets 70,000 children during Child Health Days

BALAKA: Balaka District Health Office (DHO) says it has finalized all preparations to reach out to 70, 000 children with various vaccines and immunizations during this year’s campaign of child health days.

Balaka DHO Maternal and Child Health Coordinator Mike Nkhoma said government institutes child health days as one way of providing comprehensive child survival services to under five children.

All supplies related to this activity are already in and distribution has already started, Nkhoma told Malawi News Agency in an interview on Friday.

He added that publicity for the activity would started on Friday (June 22) through mosques, churches and road shows.

This year’s child health week is scheduled to run from Monday June 25 to Friday June 29.

Nkhoma said the week creates a platform for health workers to provide additional routine services to communities by specifically assessing the nutritional status of under five children, lactating and pregnant women as well as raising awareness about the importance of Vitamins and de- worming.

The activity also aims at increasing Vitamin A coverage to all children of 6 56 months and post-natal mothers within eight weeks of delivery.

We will also capture those that were missed during routine services and assess nutrition status of under five children, lactating and pregnant women, Nkhoma said.

Balaka District intends to reach to reach 69, 910 of under five children between 6-59 months who will receive Vitamin A capsules.

The campaign also targets 56, 802 under five children between 12-59 months to get de-worming drug while 4, 369 post-natal mothers will also get Vitamin A.

Nkhoma said the hospital had designated 265 sites to be covered by health surveillance assistants, home craft workers and volunteers where five teams would supervise the whole exercise.

Meanwhile, six local NGOs have pledged to assist the DHO with logistics for the activities,

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA