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Makinde, UNICEF and others unveil Nigeria’s first solarized medical oxygen factory

By Vaseline May30,2024
Makinde, UNICEF and others unveil Nigeria’s first solarized medical oxygen factory

GOVERNOR Seyi Makinde on Wednesday unveiled the first solar-based medical oxygen plant for PSA in the healthcare sector in Africa and a Level 2 Newborn Unit at the Jericho Specialist Hospital as part of interventions to ensure equitable healthcare services to save mothers and new babies of death .

He also launched the five-year Oyo State Strategy for the Scale-up of Medical Oxygen in Health Facilities roadmap to streamline efforts to ensure that all patients receive oxygen therapy where and when needed.

The Solarized PSA medical oxygen plant and the Level 2 Newborn Units were donated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), IHS Towers and the Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the governments of Canada and Norway.

The governor stated that the supply of medical oxygen was a major problem at his birth and in the heat of COVID-19 when people on ventilators need oxygen to survive, adding that the solar-based medical oxygen plant of PSA will fill the gap in the event of a new pandemic. occurs.

“Oxygen supply was a major issue in the heat of COVID-19. But Oyo State used the pandemic as a fulcrum for the development of healthcare facilities. While no one is praying for another COVID-19, it is always best to be prepared. And there’s no better way to be prepared than through facilities like these.

“Even if there is no COVID-19, at least newborn babies who look like me when I was born won’t have a long story to tell. They can be saved.”

Governor Makinde said the projects were critical to his government’s plan to take people in the state from poverty to prosperity as he announced plans to recruit more doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to address the workforce shortage within the healthcare system directly.

The Nigerian Representative of UNICEF, Mrs. Cristian Munduate, in a goodwill message, said the oxygen plant and the Level 2 Newborn Unit were a testament to what can be achieved through collective efforts to ensure the health and well-being of every child and mother.

She said the solar-powered oxygen plant is a beacon of innovation and resilience, promising to save countless lives and providing a model for similar initiatives across the country.

She added that the Level 2 Newborn Unit, dedicated to providing specialized care for premature and critically ill newborns, will significantly reduce neonatal mortality rates and improve health outcomes for our youngest and most vulnerable population.

Speaking at the launch of the Oyo State Strategy for the Scale-Up of Medical Oxygen in Health Facilities, she said the strategy is a comprehensive roadmap designed to ensure that every health facility in the state is equipped with the necessary resources to provide medical oxygen to deliver.

She added: “It outlines the steps for capacity building, infrastructure development, supply chain management and sustainable financing mechanisms. These facilities, including the strategy, are critical in our efforts to improve health outcomes and are aligned with UNICEF’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and to promote the well-being of everyone at all ages. ”

Earlier, the Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi, stated that Nigeria records 120,000 children dying annually due to low oxygen levels in their blood (hypoxemia) caused by many diseases including asthma, heart disease, pneumonia and severe malaria. .

Dr. Ajetunmobi stated that medical oxygen is a life-saving essential medicine that is critical to healthcare and improves patient outcomes at all levels of the healthcare system, from intensive care, newborn and pediatric healthcare, and surgical services to outpatient services.

In a goodwill message, a representative of IHS Towers, Mr Ayobami Adisa, said the oxygen plant is a symbol of solidarity, resilience and hope, embodying the belief in overcoming challenges and building a better and healthier future for everyone.

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