National president of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah says the Mother and Child Hospital in Rivers State will solve a major healthcare challenge in the country.
Ujah made the assertion when he joined a team of Rivers professionals to inspect facilities at the Mother and Child Hospital.
The NMA president, who is also the vice chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, said the care for mother and child had been lacking behind in the country for years, noting that this gesture of the Rivers government clearly served as a response to addressing that need.
“I am a gynaecologist with over 35 years of experience. I can tell you that we have lacked the care for the mother and child health needs. This is clearly a response to that need.
“As you know, our health indices are very poor in this country. One of the indicators of development is the quality of the care of the mother and child.
“There is need for us to have health facilities that will help us to reduce the high maternal deaths in pregnancy and childbirth. Infant mortality needs to be reduced too.
“This Mother and Child Hospital will serve as the fulcrum by which we can turn around the system in the South-South. This will ensure that we have quality health for our mothers and children.
“I commend the Government of Rivers State led by Governor Nyesom Wike, for the concept of Mother and Child Hospital that is totally complete,” he said.
Speaking, the chairman of NMA, Rivers State branch, Prof. Chizindu Alikor, described the concept of Mother and Child Hospital as novel, stating that they expect the deployment of appropriate manpower and specialists to sustain quality health service in the hospital.
According to him, they are delighted to know that the hospital will serve as a training and research centre to develop more manpower for the sector.
Also speaking, the Rivers State chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Chima Ogbu, said the health facility showed the readiness of the Rivers State government to key into the Millennium Development Goals of child and maternal health.
He noted that as a deliberate effort of government, it would increase access to quality health for mothers and children.