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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Program (SDG), Dr. Princess Adejoke Orelopo- Adefulire Commissions a 100- Bed Hospital in Abia State .

The people of Etitiala autonomous Community in Ugwunagbo LGA of Abia State has witnessed a remarkable and long awaited event, as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Program (SDG)Dr. Princess Adejoke Orelopo-Adefulire commissions the Abia State Mother and Child Hospital Ugwunagbo.

The People of Ugwunagbo were very happy and excited witnessing such a life saving Project in their own Community, as this will bring maternal and Child mortality rate to the bearest minimum.

In his opening speech, Dr. Odochi Azubuike, the Chief Executive of Abia State Hospital Management Board expressed his profound joy on the auspicious occasion of the commissioning of the Abia State Mother and Child Hospital, Ugwunagbo.
He expressed his thanks and gratitude to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCON) on his commitment to improving the health indices of Nigerians by supporting the laudable Project in Abia State.
Dr. Azubuike also thanked the Governor, His Excellency, Dr Alex Otti (OFR) a purpose driven and result oriented Executive Governor of Abia State for making this long conceived vision of a Mother and Child Hospital a reality in Abia State.
According to him, the Project was abandoned for years but His Excellency took it upon himself to reactivate it. The confidence and trust which the Government of Dr Alex Otti has garnered since inception prompted the Federal Government through the Office of the Presidency on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to join hands with  the Abia State Government to complete this Project and transfer it completely to the Government and the people of Abia State, hence, the commissioning of the hospital today.

Dr Azubuike ,making his remarks, Sub-Sahara Africa has the worst indices of maternal and child mortality in the world. Nigeria ranks fourth in maternal mortality with a mortality rate of 576 women per 100,000 live births accounting for 10% of global maternity deaths where 1 in every 19 women die during pregnancy and child delivery.
Sadly, most of these deaths are largely due to poor antenatal care and delivery in places with poor health facilities by unskilled birth attendants.
Furthermore, Nigeria ranks second in infant and child mortality, particularly children under the age of five years (under five mortality) where over 100 in every 1,000 children die before their fifth birth day. The common causes of these deaths among these children include pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea disease, malnutrition, measles and babies delivered prematurely.
This indices of increased maternal and childhood mortality are worst in the rural areas.The Government of Dr Alex Otti with the first Lady, Her Excellency, Mrs Priscilla Otti has come to rewrite this history in Abia State that Abia mothers should not die due to complications of pregnancy and our children should not die from childhood preventable diseases.

The idea of Mother and Child Hospital Ugwunagbo is to achieve the goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) GOAL 3, GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING with one of the key targets being the reduction of maternal mortality rate from 500 to 70 deaths per 100,000 live births and to end preventable deaths of Newborns and children under five years of age by the year 2030.
Achieving SDG, GOAL 3 is crucial for Sustainable development as good health is not only a fundamental human right but also essential for Economic growth, poverty reduction and overall well being.

The Abia State Mother and Child Hospital, Ugwunagbo is a 100 bedded hospital strategically positioned and ready to reduce mother and child mortality in Abia State particularly in Ugwunagbo LGA and Abia South Senatorial Zone, even down to the neighbouring communities in Rivers State.
The hospital is fully equipped with state of the art modern facilities to provide antenatal care, high skilled delivery services such as Ceaserian sections, other methods of assisted deliveries and Post natal care for our mothers. It is also ready to provide Neonatal care services for our sick newborns and incubator services for premature babies. It will also provide treatment and management of wide range of childhood diseases.

The State Government will expand the scope of the health care services in this Facility to include general medical practices that will benefit the people of Ugwunagbo and its environs at a cost that will be very affordable to the people .
The Administration of Dr. Alex Otti through the Hospital Management Board in his commitment to ensuring good health care service delivery will ensure the provision of financial support, and resource allocation, provision of human resources, enhancing capacity of the work force through training and retraining of Staff, maintenance and upgrading of equipment and infrastructure monitoring and evaluation services.

The need for Community participation cannot be over emphasized as we shall be engaging the traditional rulers, Clergies, Opinion Leaders, and the Youths in Ugwunagbo among others to ensure an enabling environment for the health care workers.
Dr Azubuike also, expressed his confidence that the good people of Ugwunagbo will ensure the security of the facility and the workers for effective prompt and efficient health delivery.

The occasion featured good number of dignitaries, among which are : the Governor of Abia State Dr. Alex Otti, the Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Dr Princess Adejoke Orelopo-Adefulire, the Chief Executive, Abia State Hospital Management Board Dr. Odochi Azubuike, the Mayor of Ugwunagbo, the Traditional Rulers of the Community.