Their mission is enviable and it is to save lives of more pregnant women when complications arise in the course of birthing new lives.
So, led by the wife of Lagos State governor and it’s chairman, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, has commissioned five Intensive Care Unit, ICU.
The ICU equipment were donated to Lagos Island Maternity, Gbagada General Hospital, Badagry General Hospital, Ikorodu General Hospital and the Maternal and Child Centre, Ifako Ijaye General Hospital.
Speaking at the event marking the commissioning of the equipment, Mrs Ambode said COWLSO’s desire is to support and complement government in ending maternal and child mortality in the state.
According to Ambode, the donation for the year 2017 is also the committee’s cardinal objective, aimed at improving people’s welfare.
Her words: “The project was the focus of COWLSO’s health intervention for this year, along with neo-natal hearing screening equipment donated to Gbagada General Hospital, Ikorodu General Hospital, Badagry General Hospital and Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital, all in Lagos State.”
She observed that late referral of emergency delivery cases from traditional birth attendants and faith-based homes to government’s health facilities, has continued to be a major challenge, requiring the services of an ICU, to save endangered mothers and their babies.
Her words: ‘Now and then, we hear of many pregnant women and their babies dying of conditions such as pregnancy-induced hypertension, convulsion or shock arising from post-delivery bleeding.
“A good number of such cases come in extreme conditions, which without the existence of a well-equipped intensive care unit, death seems inevitable for the mother, baby or both”, Ambode noted
‘Here lies the wisdom in COWLSO’s intervention in upgrading and strengthening the existing High Dependency Unit, to an ultra-modern Intensive Care Unit, to cope with increased number and complexity of emergency cases’, she stressed.
According to her, such support therefore, has the potential to save mothers and babies, as well as ease financial pressure on families that may need the services.
‘COWLSO in the present dispensation is fully committed to safe Motherhood Project and partnering the health facilities, to ensure that no life is lost in pregnancy and during delivery”, Ambode asserted.
The ICU commissioned is equipped with state-of-the-art modern facilities such as humidifier, multi parameter monitors, portable multi parameter monitor and volumetric infusion pump.
Others are portable suction unit, blood fluid/warmer, automatic external defibrillator, marquet servo air intensive care ventilators, ICU Beds, pressure relief mattress and pump amongst others.
The COWLSO chairman said that the committee also decided to consolidate on its last year’s Ear, Nose and Throat intervention, by targeting the preventive aspect of hearing impairment, disclosing that neo-natal hearing screening equipment were procured for those general hospitals, to enable early screening of newborns for possible hearing defects especially since about 60% of newborn are known to be at risk of ear-infections which are preventable.
Also speaking at the event, State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, noted that the choice of Island Maternity is the best as the baby factory of Africa recording about 400 deliveries every month.
He promised that professional update courses would be provided to run the unit, saying that the state’s Strategic Health Development Plan envisioned the phased creation of zonal High Dependency Units, to serve emergency obstetric cases.
According to Idris, the revamping of the Audiology Unit of the ENT Clinic at the General Hospital Lagos, last year by COWLSO, has had tremendous positive impact on residents with hearing impairment from cradle to adults.
He commended the committee for the noble gesture, calling on well-meaning individuals and groups, to emulate them by partnering the government in the mission to provide quality health care services to the citizenry.
Responding on behalf of the General Hospitals that received the hearing screening equipment, the Medical Director of Ikorodu General Hospital, Dr. Bankole Olufunmilayo, appreciated COWLSO and Mrs. Ambode for the intervention, stressing that the instruments would enable the benefitting hospitals screen the newborns for possible hearing defects.