Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Japan signs agreement with Lagos on maternal, child mortality

The Japanese Government on Tuesday signed grant agreement with the Lagos State Government to reduce maternal and child mortality rates through the provision of medical equipment.

The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Ryuichi Shoji, signed the agreement for his government, while Dr Yewande Adeshina, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babatunde Fashola on Public Health, signed for Lagos State.

"The aim of the project we are signing today is to provide medical equipment, such as delivery beds and ECG machines, which measures the rate and regularity of heartbeats. They will be given to 10 Primary Healthcare Centres among the 57 in Lagos State.

“I hope that this project will contribute to reducing maternal and child mortality rate,” the Japanese envoy said.

Shoji said that the project was designed to synchronise with the technical assistance project for improving maternal, newborn and child health in the state.

“Looking at the situation of maternal and child health in Nigeria, it is worrisome to note that mortality rate is very high due to lack of healthcare facilities, medical equipment and medical practitioners.

"We wish to remedy this situation by forming a partnership with the Nigerian people, especially to complement the efforts being made by the Lagos State Ministry of Health in tackling these issues,” he said.

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