To ensure that the people of Badagry in Lagos State and the adjoining communities have increased access to quality and safe healthcare, reduction or even complete eradication of maternal and infant mortality, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commissioned the newly constructed and equipped Four-Floor 110-bed Maternal and Child Center (MCC) and the School of Anaesthetic Studies, Badagry.
Speaking at the inauguration of the projects on Saturday in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu noted that the eradication of maternal and infant mortality, as well as general improvement in all maternal and child health indices in the state, remain his administration’s priorities.
He noted the benefits of the projects will have a positive ripple effect on the development and socio-economic indices of Badagry.
The School of Anaesthetic Studies, which has already trained 133 doctors and 65 nurses, the governor said, “validates the administration’s dedication to capacity building and the professional empowerment of medical workers while the MCC is a critical indicator of our commitment to eradicating maternal and child mortality in Lagos State, as well as our determination to consolidate our achievements in the improvement of maternal and child health outcomes.”
He said: “As a father and governor, maternal and child mortality is so close to my heart that I am ready to do everything within my personal and official capacity to put an end to it in Lagos State. “
Sanwo-Olu said that “in most developing countries, including Nigeria, there are disturbing maternal, newborn and child mortality indices, but under my watch, Lagos State will change the narrative.
“Through consistent action and smart investments, our women will no longer die while giving life; we will eradicate infant and under-5 mortality in our state’.
He noted this “administration will not pay lip-service to the achievement of the sustainable development goals”, adding “We are taking concrete action to ensure that in every sphere of life, Lagosians have greater access to all they need for a peaceful and prosperous life.
“It is an incontrovertible fact that there can be no socio-economic development without healthy citizens; we all know the crucial role of women in the entrenchment of a developed and progressive society.
“It has, therefore, become imperative to put an end to preventable maternal and child death.”
The governor said that the fully equipped MCC holds great potential for healthcare delivery – it is a one-stop centre for all reproductive issues including family planning, gynaecology, paediatrics, immunization, obstetrics and emergency services, among others.
Assuring that the pivotal project will be replicated in other strategic locations of Lagos State, the governor said: “With quality healthcare being a critical indicator of development, there is no excuse for the worrisome but preventable maternal and child deaths – the health needs of our women and children must be addressed.”
The MCC is equipped with ECG and ultra scan machines, modern baby incubators with oxygen delivery system, pediatric ventilators, cardiotocography and diathermy machines and multi-parameter monitors for mothers and babies among other medical equipment.
With the state’s consistent investment and innovative interventions in quality healthcare delivery, Sanwo-Olu expressed confidence that Lagos State will continue to lead in maternal and child health.
“The lives of our children and childbearing women will count, our children will survive, our mothers will live – we will have healthy babies and healthy mothers.”