The Pace Setter State, which was one of the states in Nigeria with high number of newborn deaths before now, has made significant progress in tackling the menace.
This was made known in Ibadan recently at a two-day Media Dialogue on Improving Health Outcomes for Children in Oyo State Through Accelerated Action for Impact (AAI), organised by Oyo State Ministry of Information And Culture and Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board in conjunction with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
Speakers at the Media Parley disclosed that the successes recorded in reducing newborn deaths in Oyo State were as a result of AAI intervention by UNICEF.
Speaking on the intervention, the Health Specialist, UNICEF, Akure Field Office, Dr. Adebola Hassan, explained that AAI was aimed at ensuring that no child dies from a preventableE cause and that all children attain their full potential in health and we’ll being.
According to Dr. Hassan, six local governments, which are Egbeda, Ibadan North East, Ibadan South East, Ibarapa North, Saki West and Kajola had highest rate of newborn deaths in Oyo State.
However, she said the AAI intervention focused on three of these local governments, which are Ibadan North East, Saki West and Ibarapa North where neo natal mortality was prevalent.
Also speaking, the Oyo State Immunization Officer, Mrs. Titilayo Nihinlola, stated that through the UNICEF intervention, the number of unimmunized children in the state had reduced.
The AAI intervention takes care of Health Services such as training of Health Workers, Immunization, Family Planning, Delivery, Post Natal Care and Nutrition.
Report by: Oludare Moses Morenikeji
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