The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu will on Thursday unveil a 149-bed Maternal and Child Centre (MCC) located inside the Alimosho General Hospital, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has said.
Abayomi, who disclosed this during an inspection tour of the facility, explained that the specialist centre was built and donated by the Federal Government through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the Lagos State Government.
According to him, the three-floor facility has two operating theatres, recovery rooms, sterilisation 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.
He said: “Inside the centre are ultra-modern equipment that will aid the prompt delivery of maternal and childcare services; these include patient monitors with EC02, Suction machine double jar, ultra scan machines, oxygen generating machine, vacuum extractor delivery set, anaesthetic machine, and diathermy machine”.
“Others are an emergency cart with a defibrillator, baby incubators, phototherapy lamps, paediatric ventilators, multi-parameter monitors for mothers and babies, crash cart, theatre monitor, defibrillators, and fetal Doppler”, the Commissioner added.
He lauded the gesture of the Federal Government for donating the facility, saying that the MCC will have an impact on the efforts of the Lagos State Government towards promoting the health of mothers and children, reducing maternal and child mortality and improving the State’s health indices.
In his words, “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. We already have one mother and child centre at Alimosho but we have exceeded the capacity. So, this donation from the Federal government is a great gift to Lagos State and the people of Alimosho. We will maximise its use and it will certainly have an impact in our attempt to improve the welfare and reduce mortality of mothers and children”.
Speaking in the same vein, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves said the State government has engaged the services of clinical facility managers through the Lagos State Infrastructure Asset Management Agency to maintain the facility.
She added that the facility will complement the existing Maternal and Child Centre as a secondary referral centre to the primary healthcare centres and private hospitals in the area.
Speaking on human resources, the Permanent Secretary, Health Service Commission, Dr. Benjamin Eniayewun said the Lagos State Governor has given the approval to employ more hands who will complement existing staff to man the facility.