The Oyo State Government has received medical equipment comprising 60 antenatal and postnatal treatment equipment as donations from the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Oyo State branch and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, LSTM, United Kingdom.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, received the equipment from the two Organisations on behalf of the State Government at the Ministry of Health, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
He expressed gratitude to the donors and also commended them for paying attention to the development of manpower in the Health Sector.
The Commissioner noted that the State Government would continue to do the needful to ensure that pregnant women enjoy comprehensive health care during pregnancy and beyond.
Assuring that the State Government will make judicious use of the equipment and health workers would continue to live up to expectations in both antenatal and post-natal health care delivery across the facilities, the Health Commissioner noted that the State will continue to ensure that both the mothers and children are in good condition.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Muideen Olatunji, appreciated the partners for the gesture, noting that the support would further assist in reducing the cases of maternal mortality to the barest minimum.
Speaking earlier, Dr Aduke Ogundun of the AFENET said both Organisations embarked on the project to improve the quality of care to pregnant women and children in Oyo State.
She said: “60 facilities were selected in the State from all levels of care (primary, secondary and tertiary facilities) and we actually built the capacities of 320 health workers in the State across all the categories. We conducted a baseline survey in the 60 selected facilities to identify gaps that are hindering the quality of care to pregnant women and children in the State.
Dr Ogundun noted that, having done the survey and identified the gaps, part of the strategies is to provide essential equipment for ANC and PNC services in the state so as to improve the quality of care to pregnant women and children. Each of the equipment will be distributed to the sixty facilities.
Among the items were adult weighing scales, baby weighing scales, filter dopers and two infrared thermometers for each of the 60 selected facilities in the State.