By Bankole Shakirudeen Adeshina
PERTURBED by the high rate of Maternal and Child Mortality in the country, four Rotary Clubs in Lagos, under Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria, have donated some medical equipment to Amuwo-odofin Maternal and Childcare Center, a specialized medical facility in Lagos.
Executed in partnership with the Governor of the Rotary District 9110, Rotarian Kola Sodipo, the items donated include two baby incubators, two phototherapy machines, four Suction machines, Jaundice meters, AED machines, GTG Machines, Autoclave, and dozens of bedspread.
The items were the standard medical facilities used in treating jaundice, heart attack, hypertension and premature birth, most of which often lead to preventable deaths because of the absence of the said equipment.
According to the Coordinator of the project, a Rotary Assistant Governor (AG) and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Lagos-west, Mrs. Omotunde Lawson (Ayaba), the project was bankrolled by the Rotary Club of Lagos-west, Rotary Club of Festac Town, Rotary Club of Festac Metro and Rotary Club of Festac Central; all currently being led Rotarian Presidents Herbert Dasilva, Felix Nnamezie, Oby Vincent, and Michael Rotimi respectively.
While handing over the items to the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Dapo Shoyinka, Shodipo, represented by his Chief of Staff, Rotarian Lanre Kasim, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Gbagada and Past Assistant Governor (PAG), said the essence of the project was in an attempt to further bridge the challenge of accessibility to standard healthcare facilities by the poor and the downtrodden members of the society.
Th Rotary District Governor added that the project was also in consonance with this year’s Rotary International priority focus on key development issues, especially on Maternal Mortality and Disease Prevention and control.
He pleaded with Shoyinka to ensure that the medical items are judiciously and for the course of used for the course of humanity.
“I want to implore you to make good use of these items. As you may be aware, they are expensive to procure and therefore need maximum care and maintenance to function maximally. Going forward, not turn anybody anymore, especially on the account of non-affordability.
“Then, we know that there are electric surges sometimes. They can affect the functionality and the lifespan of these delicate tools. Therefore, help us take maximum use of them, for the good of humanity,” he said.
Shoyinka, a surgeon by specialty, said in his “medical center, more than 200 children are birthed on a monthly basis and amongst them, dozens come with one complications or the other, hence the necessity for the intervention.”
The Medical Director also promised to take care of the items and as well as consolidate on the existing subsidy and bailouts support system being provided for poor and many stranded patients.
Speaking on the importance of the donation, a concerned mother, Mrs. Tonia Agugoesi said “being a mother of three premature children,” she can resonate with the “life-saving values of the essential medical tools.”