Rotary Club donates incubators to Ifako-Ijaiye general hospital to curb maternal and child mortality

The Rotary Club of Omole Golden in conjunction with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGS) has donated two incubators to the General Hospital Ifako-Ijaiye.

The two incubators were donated by the Rotary Club of Omole Golden to the General Hospital Ifako-Ijaiye, (GHII) as part of the club’s key service projects for the year.

Speaking at the commissioning of incubators which took place at the paediatrics ward of the hospital, the SSAP-SDGS, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and the District Governor of Rotary Club District 9110 Mr Patrick Ikheloa, harped on the need for more philanthropic persons and clubs to join the onerous task of reducing maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.

Orelope-Adefulire, who was represented by the Consultant to the (OSSA SDG), Dr Oyewale Adeoye said studies have shown that the overbearing heat in the environment in recent time has led to a massive increase in the number of premature births in the nation’s hospitals, a development which puts so much stress on incubators and phototherapy machines in public health institutions in the country.

She said the her office as part of its commitment to the reduction of poverty as well as maternal and infant mortality is very happy to partner with the Rotary Club of Omole Golden in the provision of incubators in the hospital.

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She urged the hospital to make good use of the facility in order to ensure that the desired objectives of the donors, which is to save as many lives of the precious babies is ultimately achieved.

“No life is worth losing and I would like to express our commitment to the preservation of lives especially that of babies and urge the management of the hospital to make good use of these facilities,” she said.
While cutting the tape to make the incubators open for use, the District Governor said the donation has opened his eyes to see the importance of incubators to the preservation of lives, especially that of babies.

District Governor Patrick Ikheloa(third right), and President Rotary Club Omole Golden Titi Sunmonu, (fourth right), handing over the incubator to Dr Erivea-Kuti,(fourth left). With them from left are Mr. Aderemi Ajose, Mr Idowu Afelogun, Mr Lekan Akinduro, and from right, Hajia Alaba Ibironke and the District Secretary Mr Samuel Ayetutu

He urged well meaning Nigerians, to join the Rotary in promoting the ideals of service and making life more abundant especially for the poor.

“You can see how touching it is to see that a baby that is 25 weeks old is not only delivered but sustained knowing that without incubators their chances of survival is less than five percent. I appreciate the Omole Golden for this unique opportunity and pray that more individuals and groups join in the onerous task of preventing infant mortality in the country,” he said.

President of Rotary Club Omole Golden Rotarian Titi Sunmonu described the donation as the star project of her club.

She said maternal and infant mortality is one of the six focal areas of Rotary International and the club is committed to the prevention of avoidable deaths in babies.

Earlier, while welcoming members of the club to the hospital, the Deputy Medical Director Dr (Mrs) Mercy Erivea-Kuti thanked the Rotary Club of Omole Golden for deeming it fit to donate yet again incubators to the hospital.

Erivea-Kuti said by the donation, the club is preventing infant mortality as a poor parent making use of the facility is saved no less than N500,000 which he would have coughed out if he patronised private hospital.

“Any parent whose baby gets into an incubator has been saved nothing less than N500,000 which is the minimum he would have paid in private health facility, but because it has been provided by the club, such parent would only need to procure the essential drugs for the baby.”

She said the hospital would continue to look forward to such interventions from time to time in order to ensure that as many infants as possible are snatched away from the jaws of death.

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