The people of Epe, one of the five administrative divisions of Lagos State expressed their appreciation to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who recently commissioned key projects in the area.
The occasion which forms part of activities marking his second year of office saw the governor commissioning the two strategic projects, which he (the governor) said are aimed at saving lives and securing property in that division.
A statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile said the Governor who undertook a working visit to the area commissioned a fully equipped 110-bed Maternal and Child Centre (MCC).
In his address, the governor stated that the facility was built in the ancient town to reduce maternal mortality rate and address complications that may lead to birth defects.
With the inauguration of the project, it is expected that that “the four-storey Epe MCC makes it the fourth to be delivered in two years by the Sanwo-Olu administration. Others are located in Eti Osa, Alimosho and Badagry.”
Akosile added that the governor used the opportunity provided by the visit to formally inaugurated the Emergency and Security Regional Dispatch Centre in Epe town.
According to the governor, the facility will ensure for swift response to emergencies and management of disasters, adding that “The emergency infrastructure is to raise the capability of the State Government in responding to emergency situations in the eastern part of Lagos.”
Opening the maternity hospital, Sanwo-Olu said the goal of his administration’s investment in provision of healthcare infrastructure was to eradicate infant and child mortality in Lagos by creating quality care for pregnant women.
He said: “There is no better time than now to put an end to preventable maternal and child deaths, using advanced technology, modern equipment and well trained health workers.
“The process of bringing life into existence should no longer lead to the loss of another life. Health is a major pillar of our administration’s THEMES Agenda, which focuses on improving quality and access.
“Our Government remains committed to addressing maternal and child mortality in Lagos, and this is the basis of our consistent action and smart investments in provision of health infrastructure. Our women must no longer die while giving life. This 110 bed-Maternal Child Center is another essential facility built to achieve safe childbirth and reduction in maternal and infant mortality.”