October 3, 2019

SDGs: FG,Lagos strengthen partnership to combat maternal mortality rate

…Launch Dr Aisha Buhari 149 bed mother and child centre in Alimosho

By Olasunkanmi Akoni and Chioma Obinna

The Federal Government has expressed readiness to always support the Lagos State Government in its efforts at combating the challenge of maternal mortality rate in the state.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire stated this yesterday, at the official launch of 149 Bed Mother and Child Centre, MCC, named as; Dr Aisha Buhari Mother and Child Centre, in her honour at Igando General Hospital, Alimosho, Lagos.

The facility is geared towards promoting the health of mothers and children, reducing maternal and child mortality and improving the state’s health indices.

The three-floor facility has two operating theatres, recovery rooms, sterilization room, delivery room, consultation rooms, private and general wards, scanning room, side laboratory rooms, reception area, lounge, nurses room and station, doctor call rooms, scrub room and a board room.

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“Inside the centre are ultra-modern equipment that will aid the prompt delivery of maternal and child care services, this includes; patient monitors with EC02, Suction machine double jar, ultra scan machines, oxygen generating machine, vacuum extractor delivery set, among others.

Wife of the President, Aishe Bihari, who was represented by Mrs Ajoh Sanni,  called for a more concerted effort from the private sector to support the government in its efforts at combating the challenge of maternal mortality rates in the country.

Her words, ” I believe the facility will go a long way in reducing the spate of maternal and child mortality in our country. I, therefore, call for a more concerted effort to ensure a reduction in maternal and child mortality, especially through more investment in the health by privilege individual and private sectors, in order to complement what government is doing in the sector.”

Adefulire in her long address noted that, following the adoption of the SDGs, the FG identified strategic approaches in two different levels which are, national and sub-national.

“Our mandate is  to provide horizontal and vertical intergovernmental coordination; multi-stakeholder partnership and resource mobilization, as well as advocacy and strategic communications for SDGs in Nigeria

“We have since recognized that the SDGs can not be achieved through stand-alone projects and programmes, hence, we are supporting the states, particularly Lagos, through the instrument of the Conditional Grant Scheme, CGS, to increase their investments in key SDGs priority areas, such as health, education and water.”

Adefulire whose office facilitated construction of the centre added that the strategic intervention was directly linked to the achievement of SDG-3 on “Quality Health and well-being for all” as well as other cross-cutting SDGs in Lagos State.

“My office will continue to support the states and councils in their efforts to implement SDGs within their jurisdiction,” she assured.

However, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while commending the gesture of the Federal Government for donating the facility, said; “We are very grateful to the Federal Government to have produced this extra capacity facility for us in our endeavour to look after mothers and children assuring that it would be put into judicious use for the benefit of mothers and children.

“We need to raise and ensure accessible, affordable health service as well as education, efficient and effective transport system to our people. It’s only when we are able to achieve all these and more, we will take the people out of poverty,” Sanwo-Olu stated.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi said the state has not only declared zero tolerance on potholes and power outages, but also on unnecessary deaths among pregnant mothers and children.

He explained that the Alimosho General Hospital and MCC serve the 3.5 million people of Alimosho and a total of 6 million from surrounding areas, which if put together is bigger than many cities and even some countries in Africa and around the world.

“The hospital attends to an average of 45,000 patients a month across 14 different clinics and admits over 4,000 patients per year

It sees 14,000 pregnant mothers and children per month and an average of 250 babies are born every month. In 2018 it performed 1,300 caesarean sections,” Abayomi stated.