Nigeria bears the burden of some of the world’s most devastating outcomes in reproductive, maternal and child health care, Senator Oluremi Tinubu said recently.
She spoke at the commissioning of two constituency projects, Abimbola Jakande Obstetrics and Gynaecology Centre and Iyaloja-General Folashade Tinubu-Ojo Model Market, at Badore, by Model College, off Ajah Road, Lagos.
Senator Tinubu said the centre would provide adequate medical care for mothers and children, noting that statistics showed that one in 13 women die in pregnancy or at childbirth.
“Every day, Nigeria loses 2,300 under five years of age and 145 women of childbearing age which makes her the second largest contributor to the under-five mortality rate as stated by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
“The alarming rate in which women die during childbirth is of great concern to me hence my desire to support the government’s effort in healthcare delivery is to reduce the rate of infant and maternal morbidity,” she said.
Senator Tinubu said the market would provide opportunity for women to trade, adding that it will also encourage entrepreneurship.
The senator said Lagos State was praised in a programme organised by the Federal Ministry of Health for being in the frontline on issues of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in Nigeria.
“Neonatal mortality is 37 deaths per 1,000 live births and infants mortality is 69 deaths per 1,000 live births while nearly one in six children born in Nigeria dies before his fifth birthday,” she said.
The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Centre is named in honour of the wife of the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Jakande.
Wife of the governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, said the essence of constituency project is to locate the specific needs of the people for direct intervention to complement the government’s effort at all levels.
She implored women to make use of the facility to improve their health, adding that the facility is an empowerment tool to improve their livelihood.