The Lagos State Government has promised to reduce maternal and child mortality through “strategic interventions and policies”. The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, spoke during an advocacy meeting with community leaders and residents in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state.
Abayomi was represented at the event by the Director of Projects in the Ministry of Health, Dr Olusoga Oduwole, a statement said on Wednesday. The commissioner noted that local and national statistics of maternal and child mortality and morbidity were of concern to the state government, hence the adoption of various strategies to combat it.
“One of these strategies is the construction of maternal and child care centres, a specialised health care centre for mothers and children aimed at taking maternal and child health care closer to the people by reducing the travel time and improving quality care to the highest possible standard,” Abayomi said.
He added that the state government had completed another centre at Eti-Osa as part of efforts to increase access of residents to maternal and child health services.
“The facility, which will commence operation soon, is a four-floor 110-bed complex designed to respond to maternal and child health issues by providing quality services for the restoration, improvement and promotion of the health and well-being of women, babies and children in the local government area and adjoining communities,” Abayomi said.
The commissioner explained that the facility had two theatres where surgeries could be done, consulting rooms, treatment rooms, antenatal and postnatal wards, a baby nursery, a pharmacy, laboratory, offices, among others.
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