COWLSO Donates ICU, Medical Equipment To General Hospitals

n a bid to stem maternal mortality rate, the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Official, COWLSO, has donated an Intensive Care Unit, ICU to the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital and Neo-natal hearing screening equipment to four General Hospitals in the state.
The General Hospitals are Gbagada, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikorodu and Badagry. The equipment were donated on Wednesday at the officials commissioning of the ICU at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital on Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, wife of the Lagos State Governor and chairman, COWLSO,  Bolanle Ambode said the ICU upgrading was one of the major health interventions of the body this year.
According to her, as the drive to combat maternal mortality rate in the state continued to record tangible progress, there was the need to tackle un-booked ante-natal cases, which had become a major challenge in baby delivery process.
A good number of such cases come in extreme conditions, which without the existence of a well-equipped ICU, death seems inevitable for the mother, baby or both. 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 high number of such bad cases are referred from traditional birth attendants and faith-based homes. After effecting deliveries, subsequent proper care requiring intensive care, is always lacking,” she said.
Mrs Ambode stated that until government’s advocacy of regular attendance of ante-natal care services is heeded by expectant mothers and that until there was early referral from TBAs, faith-based organissations and primary healthcare centres, an ICU would always be needed to save more lives.

Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017