The National Orientation Agency, Ondo State, has said that lack of adherence to essential family practices (EFPs) is a needless contributor to death of women and children in Nigeria. This was contained in a welcome message delivered by the Ondo State Director of the Agency, Mr. Bode Famose, during a review meeting with voluntary community mobilizers (VCMs) in Owo local government area of the State.
Mr Famose said that the review meeting was conveyed to build on what the VCMs had learnt in the past. He further remarked that it was meant to also strengthen their capacity to conduct basic survey to determine the knowledge and level of awareness of caregivers on immunization, exclusive breastfeeding, hand-washing, use of health facilities with skilled-birth attendants and sleeping under ITNs, using already developed questionnaire.
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Experts on different thematic areas of EFPs from Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board, Akure, took turns to educate participants on EFPs. Subjects covered included routine immunization, malaria prevention by sleeping under insecticide treated nets (ITNs), hand washing, exclusive breastfeeding and need to attend to health facilities with skilled-birth attendants during pregnancy, delivery and even after.
In a private chat with our reporter after the meeting, Mr. Famose said that VCMs are select members of the community who had been trained on the various thematic areas of EFPs. Their role is to mobilize members of the community to embrace EFPs as way to improve the health and wellbeing of the people and the community.
Mr. Famose also added that the VCMs were trained two years ago across three local government areas (LGAs): Ifedore, Odigbo and Owo. He then said similar review meetings were already scheduled to hold in the remaining two LGAs: Ifedore and Odigbo.
The earlier training and the review meeting are both sponsored by UNICEF.