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Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital celebrates Africa Vaccination and Child Health Promotion Week

Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital has expressed a fervent dedication to promoting healthy childhood practices and investing in the future well-being of children. As part of this year’s Africa Vaccination and Child Health Promotion Week which began on 6th to the 10th of May, 2024, the Hospital Public Health Unit carried out a number of important activities.

Addressing the launch of the week, the Head of Institutional Public Health, Dr. Nana Esi Gaisie articulated the diverse activities planned for the Child Health Promotion Week. These included child welfare clinic, deworming exercises, nutritional counseling, vitamin A supplementation, birth registration drives, and school health services.

The program launch took place at the hospital’s conference hall, gathering distinguished healthcare professionals.

Leading the charge were notable figures such as DDNS Marian Sophia Quaye and DDNS Annor Mozu, whose presence and support were appreciated.

DDNS Marian Sophia Quaye delivered a compelling presentation highlighting the critical role of immunization, child health and maternal health services.

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PNO Araba Afedziwaa Quaye of the Public Healt Unit provided an insightful overview of the Expanded Program on Immunization, emphasizing its profound impact on child health outcomes. Notably, she highlighted a significant reduction in childhood mortality rates from 111 per 1000 live births to 40 per 1000 live births in 2022.

Eunice Erzoe Eshun, the health promotion officer, imparted key messages central to the program’s objectives. The message encompassed the importance of breastfeeding, promoting vitamin A intake to for strong childhood prevention, addressing malaria prevention, advocating for comprehensive immunization coverage, emphasizing on the significance of birth registration and regular monitoring of child growth through weighing programs.

The theme for this year’s Africa vaccination week is: Healthy Childhood: Invest In Your Child For A Better Future. Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital’s steadfast commitment to promoting Africa Vaccination and Child Health Promotion Week reflects its unwavering dedication to safeguarding the health and well-being of children, paving way for a healthier and brighter future for a child.

Story by Stacy Adams