President Muhammadu Buhari was in Lagos State on Wednesday, April 24, to commission the Institute of Maternal and Child Health Centre (Ayinke House), located within the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
The President who was accompanied by Governors of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun; Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi; Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu; Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi; Adamawa State, Jubrila Bindow; Acting Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Lagos State Governor-Elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, and others, also commissioned the 500-seater Lagos Theatre in Oregun, Ikeja.
Speaking at the event, the host Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, described the health centre as Nigeria’s biggest Maternity Hospital which has been upgraded from an 80-bed facility to a 170-bed facility, including trending medical equipment and information technology services.
He recalled that the facility was first commissioned by the late businessman and philanthropist, Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony, 29 years ago in memory of his late mother – Ayinke, hence the name ‘Ayinke House’.
According to Governor Ambode, the hospital became moribund due to inadequate maintenance but was again revived by the immediate past administration of the state, who saw it needful to sustain the late Bank-Anthony’s philanthropy, by awarding a contract for the expansion and reconstruction of the facility.
“Today, seven years after the closure of the facility, the new edifice is now a 170-bed facility with 5 surgical theatres. It has 16-bed emergency care units with 3 organ support facilities, 30-bed special baby care unit, 5 neonatal intensive care units, a fully equipped laboratory with support services, laboratories and a blood bank.
“Beyond the significance for the health sector, this institute is a major contribution to our education sector also; as it becomes a veritable platform for our medical students in the State University to enhance their exposure and experience with the top-class medical equipment provided,” the Governor expressed.
He stressed the resolve of the government at the federal and state level to prioritize on the wellbeing of Lagosians, noting that the Lagos State Health Insurance scheme was launched last year to allow residents access top quality medical care with a little contribution and support from the State government.
“These and other efforts are directed at improving the lives of our people, especially the women and children; and by extension the productivity of our nation,” he said.