NGO offer health care to 300,000 infants in Benue

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Group’s Programme Officer, Olusegun Oladejo and crew

A non-governmental organization, Christian Aid Nigeria, has treated more than 300,000 cases of childhood illnesses among under-five children in Benue State.

The group’s Programme Officer, Olusegun Oladejo, in a statement on Sunday, said Christian Aid had, in partnership with the Benue State Government, the Federal Ministry of Health and two local partners – Ohonyeta CareGivers and Jireh Doo Foundation – implemented a three-year UKAID-funded project in four local government areas of Konshisha, Kwande, Obi and Okpokwu.

According to the group, the Improved Child Health Project provided free life-saving treatment to under-five children in their communities.

The statement read in part, “Benue State is one of the states in Nigeria with under-five mortality above national average, according to National Demographic Health Survey 2013 reports, while the UN Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation 2018 said the over 700,000 deaths recorded annually in the country ranks Nigeria as one of the highest contributors to under-five mortality in the world.

The state Governor, Samuel Ortom, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, local government officials and other stakeholders in the health sector are expected at a ceremony scheduled for Benue hotels, Makurdi, to mark the end of the three-year PICH project.