It was a outpouring of accolades in the rustic Tsamiya Village in Kebbi State as the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, OSSAP-SDGs handed over a state of the art 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital to the state government for the use of the community and other communities within the catchment areas in the state.
The Hospital which was commissioned by the Governor of Kebbi State, Comrade Dr. Nasri Idris is one of the over 40 units of 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital constructed and fully equipped across the country by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs).
In his remarks, Governor Idris showered encomium on the SSAP-SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire for delivering the laudable project in Kebbi State and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his unwavering commitment to improving the health sector, adding that the project would help in reducing child and maternal mortality as well as improve maternal health within the state and by extension the neighbouring Benin Republic.
Comrade Nasir Idris, while expressing his gratitude and commendation to Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, noted that the Hospital will cater for the teaming population in the area and which has hitherto been underserved. This he said is in consonance with the people focused disposition of President Tinubu’s administration. He added that the state government would build staff quarters to support the services at the Hospital and as well as help mitigate the accommodation challenges that may be encountered by the Doctors and nurses that will be encouraged in the hospital.
Also speaking, the member representing Bagudo/Suru Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives where the project was cited, stated that the Hospital is one of the numerous projects executed by OSSAP-SDGs in the area and expressed appreciation to President Tinubu and OSSAP-SDGs for the benevolence.
In her remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire was built and equipped to International standard. She added that like others built across the country, the facility is fully equipped with state of the art medical equipment.
These include Operating Theatre, Labour Room, Recovery Rooms, Children ICU, Private and General Wards, Scanning Room, Consultation Rooms and Laboratory. Others include, Ultra-Scan Machine; Vacuum Extractor delivery set; and an Emergency Cart with full compliments. The MCC is directly linked to the achievement of SDG-3 on ‘Quality Health and Well-being for all’, as well as other cross-cutting SDGs.
The SSA thanked President Bola Tinubu for his leadership and support in driving the SDGs in Nigeria.
“Let me from the outset appreciate President Tinubu, for his sterling leadership and commitment to working closely with sub-national governments to deliver key interventions to fast-track the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria. In the same vein, I would like to most sincerely thank Governor Nasri Idris for his unwavering commitment to the socio-economic transformation of Nigeria and our collective desire to achieve the SDGs in Nigeria,” she stated.
She added that, “based on President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, we are committed to prioritizing key interventions with multiplier effects on multi-dimensional poverty, such as basic healthcare, vocational skills development and education provisioning. With COVID-19 pandemic challenging our healthcare system, strategic interventions, such as the Mother and Child Centre, have become imperative. Indeed, the primary and secondary effects of COVID-19 pandemic could reverse decades of human development gains and undermine the achievement of the SDGs, unless immediate action is taken and sustained.”
This, she said, underscores the construction and equipping of numerous healthcare facilities spread across the country.