Mbaise Imo State, Nigeria:
The Mbaise Policy Roundtable (MPR)’s “Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby Initiative,” aimed at distribution of prenatal vitamins to one thousand pregnant women in Mbaise has taken off on a highly successful note.
The Initiative, which is being implemented in partnership with Gift Health Plus (GHP) Inc, a New Jersey, USA based non-profit organization, recently, flawlessly, set in motion the distribution of 90,000 doses of United Nations International Multiple Micronutrient Antenatal Preparation (UNIMMAP) prenatal vitamins, free of charge to 1000 pregnant women in Mbaise, to ameliorate adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Coordinated by the Project Lead, Dr Chika Okoro and the Chief Program Director, Dr Jude Iheoma, a planning and strategy session was held, at the prestigious Chris VI Hotels at Ahiara Mbaise, Imo State, ahead of the official commencement of the Initiative, for the local organizing committee, to streamline logistics arrangements and spell out the rules of engagement.
Those who attended the strategy session were Dr Iheoma, Dr Okoro, Hon Uche Chris Agomuo, Hon Vita Nwaodu, Hon Uche Agomuo and the three Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs), Chidiebere Ibe, Louis Opara represented by Mrs. Ifeyinwa Onuoha and Mr. Johnkennedy Onyeocha, who came from the three local government areas of Mbaise – Aboh, Ahiazu and Ezinihitte – respectively.
Subsequently, a training session was convened at the Ahiazu LGA headquarters, to orientate about 100 healthcare personnel from 15 health centers across Mbaise, from where the pregnant women received their drugs and counselling.
Participants at the training session were addressed by members of the local organizing team, including Dr Iheoma, Chief B.C. Nwachukwu, Hon Uche Chris Agomuo, Mr. Onyeocha and the Chairman of MPR, Professor Eddie Oparaoji.
In his remarks, Professor Oparaoji expressed gratitude to the participants, for volunteering their professional skills to improve health outcomes for pregnant women across Mbaise. He observed that by helping to make these high-quality prenatal vitamins available, poor dietary quality and micronutrient deficiencies, which account for anemia and other public health problems such as low birth weight or small for gestational age among pregnant women in Mbaise and other parts of Nigeria, would be mitigated.
The health centers in the three LGAs from where the prenatal vitamins were distributed are Nkwogwu Health Center, Enyiogugu Health Center, Lorji Health Center, Mbutu Health Center and Ibeku Health Center all in Aboh-Mbaise LGA; Nnarambia Health Center, Ogbe-Ahiara Health Center, Amuzi Health Center, Umuokirika Health Center and Umuchieze Health Center in Ahiazu-Mbaise LGA and Ezeagbogu Health Center, Umuore Eziudo Health Center, Amumara Health Center, Onicha Health Center, and Oboama Health Center in Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA.
Feedback from beneficiaries of the Initiative showed that it was very well received. Well respected woman leader and former two-times Nigeria’s Federal Minister, Professor Viola Onwuliri, echoing the sentiments expressed by the women who benefitted from the program said, “we are very happy to have a compassionate and caring organization like MPR. The women are very happy with this program. God bless you all. Prof Oparaoji and all donors, Chukwu gozie unu o (God bless you o.)”
The Mbaise patriots and dignitaries who sponsored the project include Hon Ken Akpim, Dr Christian Onwukwe, Her Excellency Prof. Viola Onwuliri, High Chief Eugene Oledinma, Mr Leo Okoro, Dr Agu Iheagwara, Mrs Ngozi Onuoha, Mr. Chukwudi Unegbu, Prof. Eddie Oparaoji, Atty Paschal Ukpabi, Dr Chioma Enyeribe, Mr. Celestine Opara and Mr. Amarachi Ogu.
Others are Mr. Vin Akas, Vice Chancellor Prof INS Dozie, High Chief Malachy Orji, Dr Chiemezie Amadi, Mr. McCartan Onyekwere, Dim Chijike Ndukwu, Mr. Dozie Onwuliri, Mr. Okechukwu Ikonne, Mr. Andy Eke, Mr. Tony Asoluka Emeribe, Rev Fr Las Nwoga, Mr. Vin Okoroha, Mr. Augustine Mgbemere, Oke Nze and Lolo Spencer Izuwa, Dr Law Osondu, Dr Vitalis Ojiegbe, Barr Oby Onyeulor and Atty Ben Onyenacho.
MPR is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with offices in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria and New York, USA. She is the premier pre-eminent Mbaise Public Policy and Business Advisory Council in the World focused entirely on the development of Mbaise and Imo State, through the facilitation of financial and in-kind resources, private investments and private public partnerships.