FCT Healthcare Board moves to tackle increasing infant mortality rate

FCT Healthcare Board moves to tackle increasing infant mortality rate

The Federal Capital Territory Primary Healthcare Board (FCT-PHCB) has lamented the rise in child mortality in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Ndaeyo Iwot said the board had embarked on a programme called, Save One Million Lives (SOML) across the over 200 primary Healthcare centres in the FCT to combat this threat.

Dr. Iwot made this known while speaking during a one-day media orientation on the SOML programme in Abuja.

He explained that the programme was a Federal Ministry of Health’s initiative launched in 2012, but re-packaged and rebranded in 2015, with intervention through the World Bank funding to improve on the services, particularly those concerning children and women.

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Pharm. Samson Eriba who is the Programme Manager added that there was an increase in the mortality rates of children below five years, as well as mothers during childbirth, adding, that the funding was meant to reduce the cases.

He said, “there are six thematic areas for the funding, which include, taking care of pregnant mothers, immunisation, prevention of mothers from getting malaria during pregnancy, improving the nutrition of children, as well as improving the distribution of materials needed for intervention in the nook and crannies in the FCT.”

He urged mothers to visit FCT primary healthcare centres to receive immunization, and other services, which he said, were free of charge.

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