Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has called on stakeholders and well-to-do Nigerians to offer support in eliminating serious health challenges women face.
She identified maternal and child mortality as some of these serious health challenges, saying that they require support from all quarters before they can be tamed.
Mrs Buhari made the appeal at the commissioning of a new maternity complex built and equipped by the Aisha Buhari Foundation on Tuesday, in Daura, Katsina state.
“As I commission this building today, I do so with gratitude to Allah and fervent prayers that it will serve humanity for long period in time and encourage others to make a difference in the lives of women all around Nigeria and the world.
“Because of the enormous challenges women face, I am committed to complementing the effort of government in advocating for primary health care,” the first lady said.
The foundation laying ceremony of the project was held in May, 2017 by Mrs Buhari with a promise of early completion. This was accomplished in 7 months and it is now in full service.
The complex is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to handle vital checks, laboratory tests, in-patient and out-patient care and even surgeries.
Earlier, the Governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari expressed appreciation of the government and people of Katsina State for this great project and promised to manage it efficiently, deploying adequate staff and resources to the complex, which is sure to attract more patients from within and outside its catchment area.
Minister of State for Health, Professor Osagie Ehanire said at the event that by this project, Mrs Buhari is in tune with the problems of maternal mortality in Nigeria, saying that the project is in line with and complements government policy.