… As Save The Children Nigeria Donates N7.5m IPC Materials To 29 Lagos Hospitals
… Says Pneumonia Kills Millions of Under 5 Children Annually
During the handing over of the IPC materials in Lagos on Thursday.
A clarion call has gone to governments at all levels to give Pneumonia and other childhood diseases the needed attention.
This appeal came on Thursday when Save The Children Nigeria donated N7.5m Infection Prevention and Control, IPC, materials to 27 Primary Health Care Centres and two General Hospitals in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Isah Adamu, representing the Save The Children’s Country Director, made it known that research has shown that Pneumonia is killing millions of children under the age of five while it has also not been getting the needed attention from governments at all levels; local, state and federal.
“We therefore called for more commitments on the part of all stakeholders to ensure that Pneumonia and other childhood diseases get the required financial commitment. This is necessary because Pneumonia kills more under five children than some other very common ailments.”
Dr. Adamu also revealed that situational analysis and baseline studies have shown that the selected local governments in Lagos and Jigawa States have the greatest burden of diseases with limited available health facilities and great political commitment to monitor and sustain the intervention.
He commended GSK for their support in procuring the materials and gave kudos to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his team for their efforts in controlling COVID-19.
Dr. Oludara and Dr. Isah Adamu signing the papers.
In her response, Dr. Sade Oludara, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, commended Save Children for the IPC materials to the state while calling on other non-governmental organisations, corporate bodies and other well meaning groups to give the needed support because government cannot do it alone.
Speaking further, Dr. Adamu stated that their support also strengthens the the health care system through trainings of health workers.
“We have trained 60 health workers so far and intends to train 200 in Lagos alone. This is a pilot project which will still be extended to other parts of the country. And we have a plan to donate PPEs very soon because those PPEs have been ordered for already. Our main objective is to keep supporting states and local governments in terms of achieving quality healthcare delivery especially in the area of preventing Pneumonia and other childhood diseases.”
Also speaking at the event, Dr. Adeyinka Otepola, Director, Medical Services, Lagos State Ministry of Health, was full of appreciation to Save The Children for donating those very essential and life-saving materials.
Among the materials donated includes Oxygen Concentrators, Pulse Oximeters, Handwashing materials, Sanitizers, Gloves, Nosemasks among others.
A total of £400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Pounds) was approved for the Lagos, Jigawa projects spanning July-December, 2020.