The Wife of the President, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Buhari has called for reduction in the rate of maternal morbidity and mortality in the country. While stating her commitment to the wellbeing of the women in Nigeria.
She stated this during the commissioning of the Aisha Buhari Foundation Maternity Complex at Federal Medical Center, in Yola .
Aisha reiterated that maternal and child mortality is a serious health challenge, which requires support from all quarters before it can be tamed.
“Am urging all stakeholders and well-to-do Nigerians to turn the tide by supporting Government efforts in addressing the challenges facing the citizens of this country, especially women and children.”
“I take the well-being of women as one cardinal mission in my life, and through Future Assured and Aisha Buhari Foundation, I am doing my best to optimize the well-being and especially the health of women.” She said.
The Wife of the President said the construction of the maternity complex by Aisha Buhari Foundation, is in line with Federal Government’s efforts at improving access to quality healthcare services in the country.
“My hope is that it will lead to a considerable reduction in the rate of maternal morbidity and mortality in Adamawa state and beyond.”
She called on the state government to provide the necessary staff and logistics to enable the complex operate at maximum capacity, and encouraged women to utilize services to be provided by the facility.
She commended the President for assenting to the National Health Act, which she noted is a landmark achievement, and hoped that most of the challenges that lead to maternal mortality will soon be addressed.
The Medical Director of Federal Medical Center, Professor Auwal M. Abubakar appreciated Aisha Buhari for constructing the maternity complex.
He said the opening of the maternity center will reduce the burden of the Federal Medical Center, and promised that the management will make the best use of the complex.
“The Maternity home include multiple consultation rooms, ante-natal clinics, a gynaecology ward and clinic, ultra sound room, emergency operations theater, pharmacy, family planning clinic and a 200 – capacity ante-natal waiting area.”
The commissioning ceremony is part of activities to mark the inauguration of the President and mark 20th anniversary of democracy in Nigeria, and was witnessed by the First Ladies of Niger, Chad, Gambia, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire as well as other dignitaries.