Council to pay medical bills of malnourished children

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The Chairman of Ohaoazara Local Government Area in Ebonyi, Chief Enekwachi Akpa, has pledged to offset the medical bills of malnourished children in the area to check child mortality.

Akpa told NAN on Sunday that the idea was to ensure the success of the immunisation programme in the area.

According to him, the council will not allow any child to die from preventable diseases and circumstances, as everyone in the area was important.

“We value the lives of nursing mothers, children and adults and will do our best to provide for them and contribute meaningfully to the development of the area,” he said.

“We discovered a malnourished child during the Maternal and Child Health Care Week in the area and ordered that the child be taken to a specialist hospital for medical attention,” he said.

The chairman said the council used religious leaders and traditional institutions to enlighten women on the need to bring their children for immunisation.

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“We educated them that immunisation was an integral part of a mother and her child’s life and that it had nothing to do with someone’s faith.

“What we normally administer during the period are food supplements that enriches the body and not necessarily drugs for those who say they don’t take drugs.

“We know that provision of adequate health care to the citizens is the foremost task of any responsible government,” he said.

Akpa commended Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi and his wife, Josephine, for providing health care to the citizens, especially women and children.

“This has motivated us in Ohaozara LGA to step-down these commendable feats in our council to ensure that the citizens benefit from them.

“The people appreciate these gestures and have resolved to cooperate with the leadership to support the administration,” he said.