The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, has implored pregnant women in the state to patronize government healthcare facilities for safe deliveries, as she called for immunisation of children against killer diseases.
Mrs Ambode, speaking on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the annual celebration of the First Baby of the Year in the state, held separately at the Somolu General Hospital, Maternal and Child Care Centre, Gbaja, and the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital.
A statement said the first baby in the state for 2019 was born at 12am to the family of Mr and Mrs Adegbesan at the Island Maternity. The baby weighed 3.7Kg.
At the Somolu General Hospital, the first baby was delivered to the family of Awofeso Adara Ojo by 1.47am, while at Randle Hospital Surulere, the first baby was delivered to the family of Amudalat Ojo at 1:58am.
“The Lagos State Government has continued to strengthen the health sector with the provision of neonatal care units, equipment and resources to our state hospitals to enhance the quality of maternal and child care services in our state.
“The workers in the primary health care centres and general hospitals are committed and determined to provide quality care; but you have to go there and use the facilities. Mother and child centres are also being located in nearly every neighbourhood of the state for excellent infant and maternal health care delivery.
“My passionate appeal to mothers is to ensure they complete the full course of immunisation for their children to prevent childhood killers like measles, diarrhoea, pneumonia, tuberculosis, tetanus and hepatitis, to mention a few. In addition, parents must avoid the use of contaminated water, malnutrition and poor sanitation, as they also contribute to childhood mortality,” she said in the statement.