JNC International has been commissioned to provide Equipment for Maternal Wards under the MTN Foundation partnership with the Nigeria Government. This partnership promises to unveil Maternal Ward Support Project in the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. The purpose for this partnership is to enhance the efforts of the government in reducing maternal mortality in Nigeria. The initiative will contribute to creating unhindered access to affordable health care facilities/services provided by skilled healthcare professionals particularly for the safety of pregnant women and their children. The benefiting states include Abia, Cross River, Kaduna, Niger, Oyo and Sokoto.
Speaking at the formal launch of the first phase of the MTNF Maternal Ward Support Project, in Lagos, the Executive Secretary, MTNF, Nonny Ugboma, said that the foundation is making the investment because they are convinced that maternal, neonatal and child health should be one of the highest priorities for the society.
According to her, under the first phase of the project, the two organizations have concluded arrangements to renovate and equip maternal wards in 24 hospitals across the six states.
Each of the maternal wards, Ugboma explained, would be equipped with hospital beds with cardiac rest; standard hospital mattresses; standard hospital bed pillows; four-way foldable ward screens and metal bedside cupboards.
Others include baby cots and incubators.
“Our children are the future and our mothers are key to securing our future.
“While a majority of these cases occur within the first week of life (mainly due to complications during pregnancy and delivery), a sizeable number of maternal deaths also occur due to lack of access to pre-natal care,” she stressed.
Ms. Nonny Ugboma also explained that recent UNICEF statistic shows that, “every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world.”
To address this issue, mothers and their children are set to enjoy the best of health care as the state ministries of health across the country collaborates with MTN Foundation and JNC International to deliver these services to change the narrative about Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, JNC International, Clare Omatseye, said that what they want to achieve with the maternal project is to provide a safe place for women to have their babies and to look after the babies after they have been born and also give them a chance to be able to add to the economy of the country.
While expressing her regrets that 60 per cent of babies are born outside proper hospital facility, Mrs. Omatseye, pointed out that access to quality health care facility in the country is low because a lot of the primary health care facilities are not properly equipped, manned and staffed.
Below are pictures from the press conference and MOU signing ceremony held in Lagos recently.