6 December 2012

Nigeria: Women Flood Mimiko's Mother and Child Hospital

Photo: Lauren Everitt/AllAfrica
Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko started the Abiye initiative, a new program that offers free healthcare to pregnant women and children under five.

The latest Mother and Child hospital commissioned by the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko in Ondo town has become swamped with hundreds of pregnant women trooping to the state-of-the-art medical complex to take advantage of its world class facilities and services.

Reports indicate that the hospital, which is the second of its type after the one in the State's capital city, Akure, actually started taking in pregnant women from Ondo and neighbouring communities before its official commissioning last Friday as the first baby was recorded few hours before Governor Mimiko formally declared it open.

The baby girl was delivered by Mrs Abigail Akinmolayan at the hospital at about 10.00a.m, few hours before the formal inauguration of the medical complex said to be the bigger of the two operational ones in the state.

Mrs Akinmolayan appreciated the government and medical workers at the hospital over what she described as out-of-this-world equipment and services rendered free-of-charge at the hospital.

A doctor who preferred anonymity said the state government deserves commendation for introducing what he called good service initiatives premised on the provision of qualitative healthcare services which has turned to be benchmark worldwide, but on the African continent as a whole.

It was gathered that like it was at the Akure Mother and Child Hospital, the newly inaugurated one in Ondo town has become an oasis of hope and survival for pregnant women, especially those with complications that require caesarian section surgery which is done without charge.

The fame of the Hospital, which was piloted with the one in Akure, has become so widespread that several now bring their wives or sisters from neighbouring state to the Hospital to enjoy its services.

Meanwhile, the commissioning and take off of the Ondo town arm of the hospital is expected to relieve the one in Akure of its overload as many who used to come from the southern senatorial district and some parts of the central district as well as Osun and Edo States could now patronize the one in Ondo town instead of traveling the distance to Akure.

The Mother and Child Hospital initiative is a major component of the Abiye Safe Motherhood programme of the state government aimed at reducing the rate of infant and maternal mortality which has reached an alarming proportion in the country.

So successful has the one in Akure become that the state government has said it would replicate same in the three senatorial districts of the state.

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