……Advice pregnant women to patronize government owned hospitals
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode on Tuesday advised pregnant women in the state to patronize government health facilities in the state and always immunize their children against killer diseases.
Mrs Ambode made this known at the presentation of gifts to the first baby of the year ,a boy born to the Adegbesan family weighing 3.7kg around 12am when he was born on the first day of the year 2019.
At the General Hospital, Somolu, a male child was also born at 1.47 am, weighing 3kg and two females at the Randle General Hospital, Surulere, at 1.58a.m. and 4a.m., weighing 2kg and 2.7kg respectively.
Mrs Bolanle Ambode who shared in the joy of the new births with the families said huge government expenditure on infant and maternal health infrastructure, could only be justified by commensurate use of the modern facilities, by the women, their babies and children.
She noted that government’s efforts in stemming maternal and infant mortality would be slow if expectant mothers did not go to the centres to use the facilities.
“I wish to note that the state government has continued to strengthen the health sector with the provision of neonatal care units, equipment and resources to our state hospitals, to enhance the quality of maternal and child care services in our state,” she said.
Ambode also appealed to mothers to ensure they completed the full course of immunisation for their children to prevent childhood killer diseases.
“In addition, parents must avoid the use of contaminated water, and poor sanitation, as they contribute to childhood mortality,” she said.
Ambode urged expectant mothers to maintain good hygiene and health- promoting lifestyle in pregnancy to ensure the wellbeing of their expected babies.
On his part, Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said with the implementation of the Lagos State Health Scheme, more residents would have access to improved health services.
Idris said that this would reduce neonatal and infant mortality and ensure safe motherhood.
He noted that the plan of the state government was to get all residents into the health scheme and focus on the basic healthcare in the state.
Idris said that it was not only limited to the public sector, but also extended to private institutions to ease accessibility.
Also speaking at the event, wife of the Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for next year’s gubernatorial election in the State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu commended Governor Ambode for his commitment and investment in provision of infrastructure to scale up the health sector.
Ibijoke, who is the Chief Medical Director of Shomolu General Hospital, said it was on record that the facility had enjoyed tremendous support from the State Government, while the Governor recently approved funds to demolish and rebuild the distressed main building, among others.
Chairman Committee on Health Services at Lagos State House Of Assembly, Honourable Olusola Hakeem Sokunle in his goodwill message at the event appreciated Dr Jide Idris for his effectiveness and efficiency into Lagos health sector, as he praised Mrs Bolanle Ambode for making sure this day remains memorable in Lagos State.
Mrs Bolanle Ambode donated gifts to the first babies, she also distributed Special Mummy’s Pack to all the babies at the three hospitals.