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Dutch company helps upgrade Lagos health facility

08 July 2015, 19:31 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - A global health company and the Ori Iyanrin Primary Healthcare Centre in Lagos have collaborated to overhaul and refurbish mother and child care facilities at the centre.

Philips, the Netherlands-headquartered company, Philips has upgraded the facilities in the labour, paediatric and new born baby wards, designing them to support the well-being and recovery of expectant mothers and their new born babies.

It is anticipated that over time, as a result of this pioneering project, many lives will also be saved.

Speaking at the inauguration of the refurbished facilities, Robin Armstrong, General Manager, Philips Healthcare, West Africa, expressed pleasure at the renovation of the mother and child care facilitates at the Healthcare Centre.

 “This project will hopefully ease the burden for the healthcare workers in the district, and in time save many lives as well. Most expectant women visiting this facility can now have access to care which will help to keep both them and their babies healthy,” said Armstrong.

He said the refurbishment was part of his company’s commitment to championing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 related to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

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“Our commitment to Mother and Child Care in Africa is unwavering – as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) supersede the MDGs our focus will remain the same, and we will continue to advance healthcare in Africa, providing solutions, innovations and collaborations that bring meaningful change,” said Armstrong.

Philips installed solar powered LED lighting –illuminating the interior of the Healthcare Centre, and ensuring consistent power supply. It also conducted a maternal screening camp at the hospital to enable early detection of problems during pregnancy.

Dr Wale Akeredolu, Medical Officer Health, Public Health and Primary Health Centre Department, Iru /Victoria Island, welcomed the renovation.

“The impact this project will have on our district cannot be overstated.
Community Healthcare Centers are generally under resourced and sparsely equipped with technology. Our Healthcare Center is no different in this regard, and in particular our mother and child care facilities have been under enormous pressure in recent years,” Akeredolu said.

The Healthcare Centre, located in Iru/Victoria Island, has a high patient in-flow with an average of 300-400 outpatients per month, as well as 30-40 follow up appointments per week.

It records an average of 20 births per month.

The centre is the largest amongst three primary healthcare centres in the district.

- CAJ News


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