Japan Partners Biire Foundation, Equips PHCs in Lagos
The government of Japan in partnership with Biire Child and Maternal Health Foundation on Thursday provided 10 Primary Health Care Centres (PHC) across Lagos State with medical equipment.
At the Ogudu Primary Health Centre in Kosofe Local government area of Lagos state, one of the beneficiaries of the equipment, the Japanese ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ryuichi Shoji affirmed the interest of the government of Japan in ‘The Projects for Provision of Medical Equipment for Primary Health Care centres in Lagos State’.
According to Dare Ajayi, the Japanese government through her embassy in Nigeria has continued to work through various Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the country to carry out development projects especially in the rural areas.
“The Japanese government has rendered project assistance to Nigeria worth over $5billion hitherto, these assistance are wide spread across various sectors such as health, education, water, sanitation and rural electrification, poverty reduction,” Ajayi recounted.
He also added that these funds also include loan assistance, grant aid, technical cooperation and the grassroots human security projects.
While delivering his speech, Mr. Shoji, the Japanese Ambassador said: “I like to express my gratitude to our implementing partner, Biire Child and Maternal Health Foundation and for the cooperation of the Lagos state Ministry of Health, the Primary Health Care Board and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)”.
He further noted that the health sector is one of the main sectors, which Japan has been working on for many years in Nigeria.
His words: “We would continue to give priority attention to the health sector in Nigeria. We should always keep in mind that sustainable economic development consists in the well-being of each individual. Therefore, each individual in Nigeria should be involved in its economic growth. This basic idea forms the background of today’s event“.
In her remarks, Dr. Mrs. Yewande Adeshina, Special Adviser on Public Health to Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Governor of Lagos State, assured the Japanese ambassador of continuous improvement in Primary Health Care Centres across the state. Her words: “I like to reassure you that our maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in Lagos is getting better due to a lot of interventions and funding which are yielding results. And this is why your support is so critical to us to know that we are not alone in this fight to keep our pregnant mothers alive.
“Some of the intervention is the establishment of the flagship PHCs. We realised that our general hospitals are overwhelmed with cases that should be handled at the PHC centres. So the Lagos state government thought that if each of the Local government and Local council areas in the state could have one PHC that is comprehensive, fully equipped and fully staffed, people would go less to the general hospitals and stay more in their Local government areas”.
Consequently, Mr. Ajayi urged the benefitting Primary Health Care Centres to maximize the use of the equipment through proper maintenance.
He therefore encouraged local government authorities as well as capable Nigerians to tread same path with the Japanese government saying: “We cannot continue fold our hands and wait on international organisations to provide oxygen unit and delivery beds for our mothers and sisters”.