As part of her commitment towards improving the healthcare of women and children in Nigeria, First Lady Aisha Buhari yesterday commissioned a 70-bed capacity Ultra Modern Maternity Complex at the Federal Medical Center in Adamawa, her home state.
Buhari said the project was to reduce maternal mortality arising from child birth related complications.
Also speaking, Ghanaian first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who spoke on behalf of the visiting foreign first ladies, said Aisha’s action was proof that she has a passion for saving lives and improving women’s capacity in the country.
She urged the Nigerian government and the private sector to collaborate with her and other well meaning Nigerians to tackle the health crisis in the country and improve the lives of women and children, as well as boost its economy and manpower capacity.
The First lady who came in company of five foreign first ladies paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state.
Fintiri commended Aisha for her gesture in considering Adamawa State worthy of such intervention.
He pointed out that hospitals in the state have become death traps due to poor facilities and welfare of health workers.
Fintiri said the maternity complex would reduce pressure on the poorly funded state health facilities and reduce mortality cases associated with childbirth.
The visiting first ladies are, wife of Gambia President, Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, wife of Niger President, Alssata Issoufou Mahamado, their Ivory Coast counterpart, Dominique Quattara and that of Chad Republic, Hinda Deby Itno.
New Nigeria reports that the facility which was executed through the Aisha Buhari Foundation, have the capacity of attending to 200 patients.
The maternity complex comprises of emergency operation ward, consultation rooms, ultra sound room, Antenatal and Gynaecology ward, pharmacy, laboratory as well as family planning units.