In furtherance of her advocacy on the need for improved access to healthcare services among women, Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari is constructing a maternity complex within the Federal Medical Center, Yola. The project, which is built through Aisha Buhari Foundation, is aimed at reducing the burden on existing facilities at the hospital.
This was disclosed during inspection of the project by a delegation led by Coordinator of Aisha Buhari Foundation, Dr. Kamal Abdurrahman Muhammad on Saturday, 13th October, 2018.
“We have assessed the progress of construction work, which has reached 60%, and will likely be completed before the end of the year” Said Dr. Kamal, adding that the 70-bed facility will house multiple consultation rooms, ante-natal clinics, a gynaecology ward and clinic, ultra sound room, emergency operations theater, pharmacy, family planning clinic and a 200 – capacity ante-natal waiting area.
“Mrs. Buhari is advocating for intervention especially from well-meaning Nigerians because government cannot do it alone, that is why she is showing example. By physically constructing this maternity complex, more women will receive attention at the hospital during both ante- and postnatal periods and health outcomes within the catchment area will improve.” He said.
Dr. Kamal said this project is the second of its kind after Daura General Hospital, Katsina State. Mrs. Buhari’s intention is therefore to build such maternity Complexes in all geopolitical zones. He called on privileged organizations to partner with the Aisha Buhari Foundation in achieving these lofty projects.
Earlier, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Center, Professor Auwal M. Abubakar, commended Mrs. Buhari for the project, which he believes will impact positively on the patients using the hospital. He said facilities at the hospital are always overstretched because it has a large catchment area covering Borno, Gombe, Taraba and parts of the Republic of Cameroon. Prof. Abubakar states that the construction of such a huge complex to cater for maternity needs of the hospital, will not only decongest the present maternity section, but will help free additional space for other uses.