Over one million women of child bearing age and children will benefit from various maternal and childcare services across Lagos State.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi said that service would be provided by a specialised health facility built by the Lagos State government for women and children in Eti-Osa Local Government area of the State.
Professor Abayomi explained that the four-floor and 110-bed Maternal and Childcare Centre, which commenced operation on Saturday, August 24, 2019 will impact positively on maternal and child health indices and help address the issue of access to maternal and childcare services.
Professor Abayomi was speaking after an inspection tour of the facility.
Succour for people
While noting that maternal and child care services contribute significantly to clients’ attendance at public health facilities in the State, the Commissioner stated that the maternal and childcare centre is strategically located at Eti-Osa to provide succour for residents of the area who travel far to other parts of the State to access qualitative maternal and childcare services.
“The establishment of maternal and childcare centres in strategic locations across the State underscores not only government’s capacity to reduce infant and maternal mortality but it also brings to the fore government’s determination to deliver strong healthcare for children and mothers,” Abayomi said.
He explained that the MCC located in the Eti-Osa area of the State is a specialised facility designed solely to provide for the health needs of women of child bearing-age as well children stressing that various health services which includes, delivery, gynaecology, paediatrics services, immunization amongst others is available at the facility.
Professor Abayomi, who observed that medical services has since commenced at the centre, explained the installation of equipment have been completed while logistics for sustained quality health service delivery is being perfected.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Heath, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, who also spoke during the inspection of the facility, stated that the establishment of the facility in the community is a dream comes true for residents of the community.
She said: “I strongly believe that commencement of operation at this centre will help address the issue of maternal and child deaths in Eti-Osa local government area and its environs.”
She noted that the birth of the facility has brought sustainable maternal and childcare care services to the door step of the community in fulfilment of promises of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s led administration.
Goncalves, however, urged parents to continue to support the State government’s drive to reduce maternal and child deaths by patronising only accredited health facilities and participating in all child-survival interventions and programmes being carried out by government.