Nigeria is taking giant strides in the race to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The 3rd SDG (Good Health and Wellbeing) received a major boost recently as the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammed Buhari on SDG (OSSAP-SDG) commissions the first of ten 149 Mother and Child Centre (MCC) located inside Alimosho General Hospital in Lagos State. The three floor edifice which is named after the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari is equipped with Patient Monitors with Ec02, Ultra Scan Machines, Vacuum Extractor Delivery Set, Diathermy Machine, Baby Incubators, Paediatric Ventilators, Crash Cart, Fetal Doppler, Suction Machine Double Jar, Oxygen Generating Machine, Anesthetic Machine, Emergency Cart with Defibrillator, Photo Therapy Lamps, MultiPara Meter Monitors for Mothers and Babies and a Theatre Monitor. The MCC will cater for the emergency services, obstetrics, gynecology, sonography, pediatrics, immunization, family planning and laboratory services needs of the Alimosho community and its environs.
During the commissioning ceremony, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on SDG and former Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Mrs. AdejokeOrelopeAdefulire asserted that the lessons learnt from the implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) between 2005-2015 is guiding the implementation of SDGs across the country through strategic approach at the national and sub-national levels.
According to her, the OSSAP-SDG recognizes that SDG cannot be achieved by fielding standalone projects hereby necessitating that the integration of such programmes into the policy and development plan of the state through the instrument of the conditional grand spill to increase their investments in key SDG priority areas such as health, education, housing infrastructure, water and sanitation.
“It is our genuine desire and commitment to reduce the high rate of maternal and child birth across the country that my office constructed and equipped 10 numbers of 149 bed mother and child centers across Nigeria. Additionally, we have completed 5 number 50 beds Primary healthcare center also in 5 states. Specifically to Lagos, we have completed this edifice and it is fully equipped and we have also constructed across Lagos and other states of the federation, renovation and equipment of classroom across Nigeria including Lagos, provision of medical ambulances across Nigeria.” She stated
Adefulire advised all benefitting states to make judicious use of these facilities for the benefit of mothers and their children.
First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari who was represented by the SSA to the President on Administration and a former Minister for Women Affairs, Dr. (Mrs.) Sani Hajo, averred that no woman should lose her life in the process of giving life to others and as such, Nigeria is trying to escape the negativity associated with maternal and child mortality both through government effort and that of the private sector. Buhari further noted that the essence of constructing the MCCs across states of the federation is to ensure that women receive attention while they are pregnant, while they deliver their babies and in the most hygienic environment.
“I am happy to be in Lagos to witness the commissioning of the 149 bed mother and child centre in Alimosho that has been graciously named after me. I believe it will go a long way in reducing the rate of maternal and child mortality in our country.I have already constructed and furnished two maternity complexes in Daura, Katsina state as well as in Yola, Adamawa states. Hundreds of women are benefitting from these facilities every week. I am therefore happy that many women will benefit from this facility being commissioned today.”
While delivering his keynote address, Governor Sanwo-olulauded the Federal Government and the OSSAP-SDG for the intervention in the pristine Health and Environment subsection of the administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda. In his words “Just three weeks ago, we commissioned a 110 bed in Eti-Osa. Before the end of the year, we should be commissioning another MCC and early next year, we will commission another one. And all of our health facilities that we need to refurbish rehabilitate, we are just a stone throw and we will certainly get to each and every one of them.”
Beyond accessible and affordable health which is premised on the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme (LSHIS), Sanwo-olu promised that his administration his poised to provide clean water, sanitation and a conducive environment , all of which will take Lagosians out of poverty and help them to flourish.
The State’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi stated that well equipped Mother and Child Centers are critical for preserving the lives of the mothers and their children. He urged all the women in Alimosho and its environs to register for antenatal within three months of conception so that doctors can monitor them, pick up high risk pregnancies and enable the center adequately prepare for their delivery to minimize fatalities.