The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the office of the Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs), formally handed over the 100-bed capacity Mother and Child Hospital to Kebbi and Kogi State Governments, respectively, amidst cheering ovation.
The 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital in Kebbi State is located in Tsamiya Village while that of Kogi State is located at Okene.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire who spoke during the commissioning ceremony held in Kebbi State, pledged President Bola Tinubu’s resolve to closely work with sub-national governments in delivering key interventions to fast-track the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals across the country.
The state-of-the-art 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital in Kebbi and Kogi States were commissioned by Governor Nasri Idris and Governor Yahaya Bello on Thursday respectively.
Each of the two facilities has an Operating Theatre, Labour Room, Recovery Rooms, Children Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Private and General Wards, Scanning Room, Consultation Rooms, and Laboratory, among others.
Some of the state-of-the-art facilities installed are: Ultra-Scan Machine, Vacuum Extractor Delivery Set, and an Emergency Cart with full complements.
According to Princess Orelope-Adefulire who was a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, the MCC is directly linked to the achievement of SDG-3 on ‘Quality Health and Well-being for all’, as well as other cross-cutting SDGs.
While noting that the hospital was built and equipped to international standards, she disclosed that the hospital commissioned in Kebbi State is one of over 40 units of 100-bed Mother and Child Hospitals constructed and fully equipped across the country by OSSAP-SDGs.
According to Princess Orelope-Adefulire, “Based on President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, we are committed to prioritising key interventions with multiplier effects on multidimensional poverty, such as basic healthcare, vocational skills development, and education provisioning.”
According to her, with the COVID-19 pandemic challenging our healthcare system, strategic interventions, such as the Mother and Child Centre, have become imperative.
“Indeed, the primary and secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could reverse decades of human development gains and undermine the achievement of the SDGs unless immediate action is taken and sustained,” Princess Orelope-Adefulire noted.