To minimise infant and maternal mortality rates, the Rivers Government says it will?institute a law to prevent?pregnant?from patronising? quacks.
Dr Claribel Abam, the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Healthcare Management Board, said in Port Harcourt?on Friday?that maternal and infant mortality rates were still high.
Abam blamed? most maternal mortality on inadequate medical care.
She said that the law would make pregnant women to attend qualified hospitals, instead of patronising quacks and as such, bring down the mortality rates.
Abam said that the law,?when instituted, would also enable the government to have the?actual figure of women who die during childbirth.
She, however, said that the state, through the Primary Healthcare Management Board, had concluded plans to hold its 2013 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Week in June.
Abam explained that in the week, there would be free medical services which would include children?s immunisation against hepatitis B, yellow fever, tuberculosis, measles and other diseases affecting children of 0-5 years.
Abam said that children with malaria, malnutrition and diarrhoea would also be treated while women of child-bearing age would be immunised against tetanus.
She explained that the health week was approved by the National Council on Health as a way of bringing down the number of pregnant women and children who died annually.
Abam said that the programme was also designed to reach out to children who were yet to be immunised against the killer-diseases.
She advised parents to always ensure that their children were immunised, especially, when they were between zero to five years, by taking them to the nearest health centre for the exercise.
According to her, for any immunisation to be successful, at least, 80 per cent of the children must be immunised.

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