By Uche Nwosisi
The wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has taken a critical move to actualizing the state’s government objective of reducing infant mortality rate in the state, by donating transport Incubator Ambulance to Gbagada General Hospital and Lagos Island Maternity.
Ambode made this donation last Wednesday at the Gbagada General Hospital alongside committee of Lagos state officials (COWLSO), as part of their health intervention project for the year.
The Lagos First Lady promised that no effort would be spared to achieving zero infant mortality in the Lagos state, adding that COWLSO was touched by the high rate of pre-term babies, occurring before they could access intensive care.
The transport incubator would provide a womb-like environment for the baby, with the right temperature and life-saving gadget, to help the newborn survive before arriving the intensive care unit.
The committee also donated Hearing Defect Management Equipment, Portable Otoread OAEs, to Shomolu and Alimosho General Hospitals to enable early screening of newborn for possible hearing defects. This, the committee said was to eradicate the menace, which leads to delayed language development, academic under performance, social isolation and higher risk injuries among others.
Dr. Jide Idris, the commissioner for health, in his address, said the donation of transport incubator ambulance to two state general hospitals would help reduce the neo-natal morbidity and mortality rates significantly, commending the committee for its timely intervention in the healthcare sector.
He also urged the benefitting hospitals to make good use of the equipment to achieving the health objective of the state government.