The Deputy Director of Health in charge of Public Health for the Upper East region, Dr. Joseph Opare Larbi, has said infection prevention is very crucial in the fight against newborn deaths as such health care providers and families must do everything possible to minimize infection to boost the chances of survival for every newborn child in Ghana.
huDr. Opare made the observation while speaking to the press on this year?s Child Health Promotion Week. He said infection in newborns also call neonatal sepsis though preventable still ranks high among the major causes of newborn death in the world today. He hinted that the theme for this year?s Child Health Promotion Week ?I am a newborn help me to live? places emphasis on infection prevention hence health workers concerned with maternal and child health services must declare war against infection and intensify awareness creation in communities.
Dr. Opare appealed to the media to support the health service?s community education activities on infection prevention to bring about a drastic reduction in infection related deaths in newborns.
He commended UNICEF, the Korean and Japan government for their support for newborn care and other health related programs in the Upper East Region.
The Acting District Director for Builsa South District Madam Rita Alice Sejoah underscored the importance of the Child Health Promotion Week and said the period affords the health service to steup child health services including immunization, Vit A supply and birth registration among others to improve the health status of children in the country. She appealed to community members to continue to utilize the health services especially child health services for the good health and development of the children.
The Regional Health Promotion Officer Mr. Rexford King-James Adjei said this year?s Child Promotion Week in the Upper East Region was a great success. He revealed that an earlier postponement in the date for the annual exercise provided an extended period for the districts to sensitize communities about the activities resulting in massive participation by community members. He thanked UNICEF and

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