The World Health Organisation, WHO, has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for the remarkable growth and success attained by the Primary Healthcare system in the state, in providing affordable and qualitative healthcare delivery at the grassroots.
Speaking during the flag-off of the rescheduled second round of 2017 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week, MNCHW, in Enugu, the representative of the organisation in charge of measles prevention, Mrs. Eunice Ajayi, expressed delight at Gov. Ugwuanyi’s commitment to quality healthcare delivery.
Mrs. Ajayi noted that the governor has been extremely supportive in terms of counterpart funding, saying: “From what I have seen so far, Enugu State is set to take the first position in the implementation of this campaign because all hands are on deck”.
While reiterating the agency’s commitment towards strengthening maternal and child healthcare delivery in Enugu, Mrs. Ajayi disclosed that she was in the state to “support and supervise the upcoming measles campaign” scheduled for March this year.
She reaffirmed the determination of WHO to ensure that all programmes are implemented according to the international standard for the overall interest of the beneficiaries.
Other development partners also commended the governor for his presence at the programme since the inception of his administration as well as contributions to quality healthcare delivery, especially with regard to the release of N12.4 million for the forthcoming measles campaign.
In his address, Gov. Ugwuanyi explained that the introduction of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programme was prompted by the compelling need to address the unacceptably high maternal, newborn and child mortality rates in Nigeria and to explore the most effective ways to bring it under control.
The governor added that “it is also in line with the strategy adopted in 2010 by the National Council on Health (NCH) – the nation’s highest decision-making body on health matters – to combat the problem”.