The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves has reiterated the present administration’s commitment to the speedy completion of all on-going projects in the State health sector as part of efforts to improve access to quality and efficient healthcare services in Lagos
Goncalves, who stated this today during an inspection tour of the ongoing construction Maternal and Childcare Centre (MCC), Lekki, Eti-Osa noted that the Governor through approval for resumption of work at various on-going health infrastructure projects has demonstrated his commitment to achieving universal health coverage.
“One of such projects is this maternal and childcare facility which is strategically located here in Eti-Osa to provide maternal and child health services and improve the maternal and child health indices of the area”, the Permanent Secretary said.
She explained that the MCC is a specialised facility designed solely for the health needs of women of child bearing age and children, stressing that various health services targeted at women and children including delivery, gynecology, pediatrics services and immunisation, amongst others will be available at the facility.
While noting that medical services would soon commence at the centre, Goncalves noted that the installation of equipment is at advanced stage while logistics are being put in place to ease the process for smooth take-off.
She added that the maternal and childcare centre which is one of 10 others strategically located across the Lagos will complement other maternal and child health strategies expected to provide succour to mothers and children
“The construction of the MCCs underscores not only government’s capacity to reduce infant and maternal mortality but it also brings to the fore government’s imagination and determination to deliver strong healthcare for children and mothers”, Goncalves said.
She, therefore, urged parents to support the State government’s drive to reduce maternal and child deaths by patronising only accredited health facilities and participating in all child survival interventions and programs being carried out by government.
“I strongly believe that commencement of operation at MCC, Lekki, Eti-Osa will help address the issue of maternal and child mortality in Eti-Osa local government area”, the Permanent Secretary said.
Others present during the facility tour were the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu; Permanent Secretary, Health Service Commission, Dr. Benjamin Eniayewun and other officials of the State Ministry of Health.