Issa Tchiroma Bakary, government’s spokesman and communication boss has announced that the action week for infant, maternal health and nutrition will start on April 22.
Going by the announcement, the week coupled with the preventive National Immunization Days (NIDs), falls within the framework of the African Immunization Week celebrated every year in April.
The aim of these activities is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in order to achieve the public health goals of sustainable development (SDG). The campaign also offers polio vaccination for all children aged 0 to 5 years, vitamin A supplementation for all children aged 6 months to 5 years, women in the immediate postpartum period, mebendazole deworming of all children aged 1 to 5 years, the Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) for pregnant women from the fourth month of pregnancy, among other interventions.
The minister of communication exhorts the national, regional and community media practitioners to help raise awareness in the bid to facilitate the success of the campaign.