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Bole District Marks Health Promotion Week

2007-05-12 11:14:00
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The Bole DCE, madam Salamatu Forgor, has reiterated that three million children die worldwide, each year through preventable diseases as a result of poor environmental conditions.

These she said were among others, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Diarrhea, Cholera, and malnutrition which kill children mainly under 5 years and therefore urged all to take environmental sanitation seriously in a bid to reduce the high mortality rate in the country.
This was contained in a speech read for her by the District Coordinating Director, Mr. Abdul Karimu at the launching of this years District Child Health Promotion Week organized by the Ghana Health Services at Mandari, near Bole, in the Northern Region.

The week long programme she said is launched each year to provide essential health services like the supply of Vitamin A, supplementation, immunization against childhood diseases, distribution of treated mosquito nets, and other health records, weighing of children, birth registration under one year and Tetanus immunization for pregnant women.

The DCE was not happy that the failure of many nursing mothers to immunize their children against the six childhood killer disease should account for the death of their children, and urged all mothers and pregnant women to take the opportunity of the week long exercise to observe proper hygiene to avoid any outbreak of cholera.

The District Director of Health Service, Dr. Samuel Bosomtwi said the child Health Promotion Week should be seen as one step ahead in providing a minimum package of health services, awareness creation of child health, and growth monitoring to the people and hoped its impact would go a long way to have a positive impact on the child.

The District Public Health Nurse, madam Lizzy Tigah, explained that, for strong and healthy children, mothers should be given Vitamin A supplement at six months of age, and that, the child should get a dose every six months.

She advised mothers also to ensure their children got all the five immunizations before they attained 12 months, to protect them from Tuberculosis, Polio, DPT, Tetanus, Measles, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and other diseases.

source: Public Agenda

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