Wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari has reiterated her commitment to the well-being of women.
At the inauguration of the Aisha Buhari Foundation Maternity Complex at Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Mrs Buhari said; “I take the well-being of women as one cardinal mission in my life, and through Future Assured and Aisha Buhari Foundation, I am doing my best to optimise the well-being and especially the health of women.”
The construction of the maternity complex by Aisha Buhari Foundation is in line with Nigerian Government’s efforts at improving access to quality healthcare services in the country.
“My hope is that it will lead to a considerable reduction in the rate of maternal morbidity and mortality in Adamawa state and beyond,” she stated.
Mrs Buhari called on the Adamawa state government to provide the necessary staff and logistics to enable the complex operate at maximum capacity and encouraged women to utilise services to be provided by the facility.
Maternal and child mortality
”Maternal and child mortality is a serious health challenge, which requires support from all quarters before it can be tamed so I call on all stakeholders and well-to-do Nigerians to turn the tide by supporting Government efforts in addressing the challenges facing the citizens of this country, especially women and children,” the President’s wife said.
Mrs Buhari thanked her husband for assenting to the National Health Act, which she noted as a landmark achievement and hoped that most of the challenges that lead to maternal mortality would soon be addressed.
The Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Professor Auwal Abubakar thanked Mrs. Buhari for constructing the maternity complex as it would reduce the burden of the hospital.
Professor Abubakar promised that the hospital’s management would make the best use of the complex.
He took Mrs. Buhari and other guests round the complex, which included multiple consultation rooms, ante-natal clinics, a gynaecology ward and clinic, ultra sound room, emergency operations theatre, pharmacy, family planning clinic and a 200-capacity ante-natal waiting area.
The ceremony was part of the activities to mark the inauguration of the President and the 20th anniversary of Democracy in Nigeria. It was witnessed by the First Ladies of Niger, Chad, Gambia, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire as well as other dignitaries.