Invest in Nigeria’s health system, Don urges govt

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Lara Adejoro

The Vice-Chancellor of Bingham University, Prof William Qurix, has urged the government to invest in the healthcare system to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

Qurix said this during the commissioning of the Jennifer Etuh Specialist Hospital and the Jennifer Etuh Skills Acquisition Centre, in Mallagum, Kagoro, Kaduna state.

According to Qurix, one of the factors responsible for high maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria is the poor healthcare system.

He said “The World Health Organisation estimates that about 830 women die every day from maternal cases related to pregnancy and childbirth.

“In Nigeria, the maternal mortality rate was estimated to be 545 per 100,000 as of 2019. These frightening statistics, call for concern as it threatens our healthcare system.”

The PUNCH reports that the hospital is the second medical facility out of the six planned for the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

The foundation established its first medical centre in Odu Ogboyega in Kogi state on January 26, 2022.

The medical facility would be managed by Bingham University while the skill centre would be managed by the Family Worship Centre.

According to the chairman of the foundation, Mr. Thomas Etuh, the centres are built in memory of his late wife, Mrs. Jennifer Etuh.

On his part, the chief of Kangoro, Dr. Ufuwai Bonet said the establishment of the medical facility was unique.

“First, it concerns an aspect that touches directly on the life of the people, that is maternal and child health care which is one of the sustainable development goals,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by the former Senate President, Ayim Pius Ayim lauded the foundation for donating the hospital and skill acquisition centre for humanity.

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