Abiye Maternal and Child International (AMCH) Foundation recently at its office in Maryland, Lagos, received seven modern mobile ultrasound systems donated by GE Healthcare West Africa, to help increase access to quality maternal and child medical services especially in rural areas in the state.
Speaking at the acceptance ceremony, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMCH, Prof. Elizabeth Disu, expressed her gratitude to GE West Africa for donating the medical equipment.
She further promised that it would be used to improve medical services rendered to pregnant women especially in the rural areas in Lagos State and Nigeria in general.
She said AMCH had collaborated with other partners to execute several training programs such as Essential Care for the Newborn which comprise; helping babies breathe, essential newborn care, essential care for every baby and essential care for small babies, newborn resuscitation training (NRT), to mention a few.
The representative of the Federal Ministry of Health Head of Newborn, Family Health Department, Dr. John Ovuoraye, in his address, commended GE for their contributions to the development of the health sector in Nigeria and for donating the equipment to AMCH, a reputable NGO whose commitment to maternal and child health is widely recognised.
He said: "On behalf of Federal Ministry of Health, I wish to thank GE for the company's commitment to improving access to medical services in various communities in Nigeria.
"We have had collaborative trainings with AMCH and its founder, Prof. Elizabeth Disu, a pillar and a worthy person in the health sector, especially on maternal and childcare services.
" The equipment that I am seeing here will help in no small measure to improve quality services to pregnant women in Nigeria.
"The machine is technologically driven, simple, handy and mobile. It works amazingly well with a soft touch, gives accurate analysis, and has durable battery life. Once again, I want to thank GE for this donation".
Director of Training, AMCH, Prof. Adeniyi, and a consultant at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, opined that the ultrasound equipment would help monitor the number of babies a pregnant woman is carrying, the baby's position and growth of pregnancy amongst many other factors associated with improved quality care.
In his goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Primary Health Care Board (PHCB), Lagos State, Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa, also expressed gratitude to the donor, adding that the ultrasound equipment, which would help achieve focus on antenatal with its special features for obstetrics examination and quantification, could not have come at a better time than this.