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Group holds community, governance forum in Anambra



ANAMBRA State Social Mobilization and Technical Committee (SOMTEC), a United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) assisted project  held a one day forum for the Community Governance Structure in Anambra South Senatorial Zone to sensitise community leaders to educate mothers and care givers on essential family practices.

The forum, tagged: ‘One Day Forum of Community Governance Structure on Demand Creation on Essential Family Practices (EFPs) in Anambra South Senatorial Zone’ was organized for town union presidents’ general, women leaders and youth leaders from all the communities in the zone.

The programme, which was held at Ekwulobia, was aimed at retraining community leaders on five key EFPs, discussing Situation of Knowledge of those EFPs among its mothers and caregivers and strategising actions communities should take to ensure implementation of the EFPs.

Speaking during the event, SOMTEC Project Desk Officer, Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Chineze George-Ileka said that the five key EFPs included; exclusive breast feeding; full immunization of children, proper feaces disposal and hand washing.

Others include antenatal and postnatal visits to approved healthcare facilities for vaccination, counseling; and recognising when sick children need treatment outside home to take them to appropriate health facilities.

Mrs George-Ileka discouraged mothers from patronising traditional birth attendants (TBA), saying that both mothers and children were at risk of infection, deformation and death.

Meanwhile, the state Hygiene Officer, Rose Amasiani, discussed the six areas of hygiene as part of the EFPs to curb spread of diseases that result in waste of resources and death.

The areas include personal, food, environmental and menstrual hygiene. Others were safe excreta disposal and safe water chain. She urged community leaders to ensure they were certified open defecation free by advocating that every family, public place had and uses a toilet with hand washing facilities.

In his remarks, state director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Charles Nwoji, urged the community leaders in Anambra South Senatorial Zone that participated in the forum to take what they learnt to the grassroots, promising that his staff at the seven local government areas will be monitoring the implementation of the EFPs.

He further thanked UNICEF and Anambra State Government for investing so much in the healthcare provision and sensitization, adding that it was unfortunate that many people die from preventable diseases.

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