Fashola Hands Over Fourth Maternal And Child Care Centre At Ajegunle
…Restates need for population control as panacea to poverty
Dec 1, 2011 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday handed over the Maternal and Child Care Centre in Ajegunle to the residents, restating that his administration has demonstrated the imagination and determination to deliver improved healthcare for children and mothers.
The Governor who spoke at Mba Street, Ajegunle location of the hospital which is the fourth to be handed over by the present administration added that maternal and child health remains critical determinants of global and national health.
"Women of child bearing age and the pediatric age group constitute a significant and vulnerable segment of the good people of Lagos State. We cannot underplay the crucial and unequalled roles our mothers play in the nurturing and growth of our children and consequently, our nation. We will continue to strive for their utmost comfort and safety", the Governor said.
The Governor disclosed that the first three Maternal and Child Care Centres which are located in Ikorodu, Isolo and Ifako Ijaiye were handed over in the first quarter of 2010 and have collectively in their first 21 months of operation recorded a total of 89,255 ante natal clinic attendances.
He added that during the same period, the three hospitals dealt with 15,091 gynecologic clinic attendances out of which 5,335 children (4.4percent) required hospitalization. Of the total of 9,689 deliveries conducted to date in the three hospitals, 3,653(38percent) were Caesarean sections.
He informed that the Ajeromi Maternal and Child Care Centre which is being handed over actually commenced operation in July this year and has as at November recorded ante natal clinic attendance of 2116, gynecology clinic attendance of 783 and pediatric clinic attendance of 4,423 out of which 254 required hospitalization.
The Governor said the Ajeromi facility has also recorded 254 deliveries inclusive of 94 Caesarean sections and 31 gynecological surgeries and expressed hope that the availability of the services would complement other maternal and child survival strategies being implemented by the State.
He also used the occasion to reiterate his message about the need to control the rate at which the people procreate stressing that birth control and family planning are the responsibility that everyone must take seriously.
"Our war against poverty will be difficult to win if nothing is done to aggressively control our population growth. If we control the number, the feast will be plentiful", he stated.
The Governor explained that the hospital is a 110 bed specially designed hospital for women and children, as a decisive response to the problems of access and distance in the way they compound the indices of infant and maternal mortality.
He reiterated that until the government provided the facilities, women in labour who required special attention had to travel from Ikorodu, Isolo and Ifako- Ijaiye all to Ayinke House in Ikeja, stressing that sometimes during the travels, complications occur in labour and the worst happens with the loss of either the child, the mother and sometimes both.
"Since we started building these centres, the story has changed. The incidence of death during labour has dropped significantly because the facilities in Ikorodu, Isolo and Ifako- Ijaiye are serving their purpose. Taxpayers money is well spent, and even as we speak, Ayinke House is undergoing a major reconstruction with new equipment to bring it to standards that we now have in these new centres", the Governor said.
Governor Fashola stated that the same type of facility is now ready for handover in Surulere, Amuwo- Odofin and Alimosho while the one in Ibeju Lekki is under construction, adding that the Government has also approved two more for next year to be located in Badagry and Epe, thus bringing the number to 10.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said every minute in a day, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from pregnancy related complications pointing out that this represents a significant cause of death among women of reproductive age.
He stressed that the concept of the present administration in the construction of Maternal and Child Care Centres was mooted with the conviction that interventions like routine immunization, the administration of oral re-hydration therapy, appropriate antibiotic use, the use of insecticide treated bed nets and improved breast feeding practices, would impact positively on the health indices of mothers and children.
Dr Idris stated that currently, 20 out of the 24 secondary health facilities in the State provide maternal health services while 22 of them provide child health services, adding that Ajeromi General Hospital is the only public secondary health facility in Ajeromi Local Government and Ifelodun Local Council Development Area which, according to him, have a total land mass of 13.9 square kilometers and a population density of 120,254 per square kilometre which is the highest in the state.
In an interview with newsmen, one of the first set of women who gave birth at the hospital on July 25, Mrs Shakira Nofiu who resides at 26 Akinloye Street, Ajegunle said the nurses at the hospital took care of her while the doctors tried their best and delivered her safely. She commended the Governor for the wonderful infrastructure he had provided in the hospital.
Mrs Felicia Enakhire who resides at block 174, Flat 4 at Mile 2 Estate said she received perfect treatment at the hospital and commended the staff of the hospital for the good work they are doing and the Governor for the great strides at the hospital.
Also speaking, Mrs Nnena Osondu who resides at Nasamu Street, Ajegunle Boundary said she was well taken care of at the hospital and did not pay while getting the necessary treatment. She explained that the Governor has changed the model of provision of medicare in the community and commended his good works.
Prominent among those who attended the ceremony were members of the State Executive Council, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Kolawole Taiwo, Chairman of Ajeromi- Ifelodun, Hon Kamal Baiyewu, the Ojora of Ijoraland, Oba Abdulfatai Aromire and several other notable guests.
The Governor later cut the tape to hand over the new structure while being assisted by the Ojora of Ijoraland, Oba Abdulfatai Aromire after which he undertook a tour and inspection of the facilities at the Centre.