Child Healthcare Receives a Boost in Oyo State

A renewed hope of survival has come for children in Nigeria and Africa as two centres were commissioned at the University College Hospital, Ibadan for Children Health Care Delivery.

The first, Centre for African Newborn Health and Nutrition was commissioned by the Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the hospital while the second, which is the Senator Abiola Ajimobi Child Welfare Centre, was commissioned by the executive governor of Oyo state.

The first centre was designed to screen deficiencies in newborns and for clinical treatment and research, while the second was built to cater for the welfare of the less-privileged children and orphans.

In a remark during the inauguration, the CMD, UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge said health problems affecting children could emanate from nutrition of pregnant mothers, prenatal clinic, place and pattern of child birth and post natal care.

Professor Alonge said the passion and vision for child healthcare were factors that had propel the desire of the pediatrician at UCH, Dr Idowu Ayede who got the grant for the first centre and Governor Abiola Ajimobi to donate the centres to children health care in the institution.

In an interview, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi who attributed initiative to the influence of his wife, said it was imperative to contribute to the health delivery of children in the country so as to improve their well-being in furtherance of national development.

Aside the management and staff of the University College Hospital that graced the occasion, executive members of Oyo State Government were also on ground to witness the groundbreaking event.

Rotimi Famakin

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