BENIN CITY – THE Edo State Ministry of Health has postponed indefinitely the proposed Maternal Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Campaign (MNTEC) earlier scheduled to hold between 1-5 of November, 2018.
The exercise targeted at vaccinating women of child bearing age between 15- 49 with Tetanus-Diphtheria (TD) vaccine, is expected to prevent tetanus disease in women and children in the state.
This was disclosed by the state Health Education Officer, Mrs. Ehigie Efe Helen during a One-Day Media Sensitization meeting on the MNTE, organized by the state ministry of health in Benin City.
She said that the exercise was postponed in order to serve the people better, adding that the stat government is committed to eradicating the disease ffom the state
“The will be conducted across the 18 Local Government Areas in the state, as temporary fixed posts would be established in certain locations.
“There will not be house to house movement during the exercise which date will be communicated to the people”, she said
Mrs. Ehigie lamented that most women and new born babies often get infested with the disease from the use of unsterile procedures and unhygienic equipments during delivery.
The Education Officer, therefore advised women especially pregnant women to always attend anti-natal care , as well as using facilities that have trained personnel, rather than depending quack birth attendants.
She, however, appealed to journalists in the state to help in the Sensitization of the people about the MNTEC exercise.
Sensitizing journalists on the dangers of Neonatal Tetanus, the state Technical Assistant of ‘Save One Million Lives’, Dr. Morgan Ikponmwosa said that tetanus is acquired through exposure to spores of a bacterium ( clostridium tetani), which according to him are universally present in the soil.
Dr. Morgan said that about 75 per cent of women dies every day in Nigeria owing to pregnancy and childbirth- related complication which tetanus according to him is one of them.
He informed that the objective of the MNTEC is to achieve less than one case of Neonatal Tetanus per 1000 live birth per year in every local government areas in Nigeria by 2020, so as to totally eliminate the disease.