The United Nations Children and Education Fund UNICEF says it will open its Port Harcourt office in the next two weeks.
The Head of UNICEF in Rivers State WILBROAD NGAMBI during a courtesy call on Governor NYESOM WIKE said the Port Harcourt office will coordinate activities in Rivers, Akwa, Delta and Bayelsa States.
WILBROAD NGAMBI stressed the need for the State Government to pay its counterpart funds for the implementation of the 2016 programme centered on the reduction of infant and maternal mortality and provision of water.
In his response, Governor NYESOM WIKE assured the UNICEF delegation that his administration is paying keen attention to healthcare delivery for women and children in the State.
Governor NYESOM WIKE also pledged the readiness of the state Government to partner with UNICEF in the implementation of its programmes in Rivers State.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has called on residents of the State to take advantage of opportunities offered at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialists Hospital BMSH to do sickle cell gene checkups.
The State’s Commissioner of Health DR. THEOPHILUS ODAGME made the call today at an event to mark this year’s world sickle day celebration in Port Harcourt.
THEOPHILUS ODAGME said the call has become necessary as twenty five percent of children born in Rivers State are born with the sickle cell gene.
Represented by the Chief Medical Director of the BMSH DR. DORATHY OKOH said Rivers State has the highest burden of sickle cell Anaenia in children and adults.
Some people living with sickle cell anaemia identified neglect as one of the major challenges confronting them in their daily lives.
The theme of this year’s celebration is Stop the Pain of Sickle Cell Anaemia Know Your Genotype.