The Lagos State House of Assembly has put machinery in motion towards investigating alleged unabated maternal mortality rate in the state, especially as caused by personnel negligence and other factors beyond medical reasons.
The Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Health Services, Hon Olusegun Olulade, who made this disclosure at the weekend, said that the committee would commence both scheduled and unscheduled tours of the general hospitals in Lagos state.
He said this while addressing a petition brought before the committee by the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), a human rights, non-governmental organization with particular focus on supporting women’s sexual and reproductive rights.
The three -page petition, signed by Dr.Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi cited “poor infrastructures, ineffective health services, high user fees and cases of women who died due to alleged negligence by medical personnel.”
A case in point, according to the petition, is that of Mrs Omowunmi Shonuga who died with her baby after childbirth at the Rauf Aregbesola Health Center in Mosun-Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Alimosho as a result of inadequate medical care.
The state Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris in his submission at the meeting, claimed that the state government both past and present are committed to setting health care delivery in its optimal standard, particularly in the areas where high rates of maternal and child mortality are recorded.
Idris further stated that the case of Late Mrs Shonuga had been brought to him, assuring the committee that the affected personnel would be dealt with accordingly, acknowledging that the concerned doctor who was supposed to be on duty was not available when the unfortunate incident occurred.
However, Olulade expressed bitterness over the incident and promised to take swift steps in ensuring that such actions by erring personnel are halted, while urging the managements of general hospitals to put all hands on deck for effective healthcare delivery in Lagos state.