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As part of efforts to tackle childhood illnesses in Lagos State, especially pneumonia, Save the Children International (SCI) has donated hospital equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection prevention and control (IPC) materials worth about 50 million naira to 27 primary health care centers (PHCs) and two general hospitals in Ikorodu local council.
SCI Country Director, Mr. Famari Barro, represented by the program’s Deputy Director of Operations, Nwamaka Ifionu, said the project focused on childhood illnesses as a whole, using pneumonia as a backbone, l The objective being to ensure integrated and lasting protection. reduction of childhood illnesses in the local council.
“And we do this through a number of efforts that support capacity building, at the health facility level. In this sense, we have supported the training of health workers, the immunization service and several efforts to improve the number of resources, equipment and tools that health workers have to do the work they do and do it well. And today, we donate all the materials and equipment to support this effort. And we want to ensure that the local council of Ikorodu and the health facilities therein are equipped with life-saving oxygen when needed.
Speaking on passing on support over the years, Ifionu, who thanked his donor, GSK Plc for the giant support, said there had been a drastic improvement in the ability to correctly diagnose pneumonia, noting that ‘before there were cases of misdiagnosis, which involved children noting down the correct care for the disease.
“So this drastic improvement in the ability to diagnose pneumonia also means that children who show symptoms of pneumonia can get needed and appropriate care in a timely manner, and that facilities have the resources, including medical oxygen to administer this treatment and make sure that, unlike before, they don’t die of pneumonia.
The SCI Inspiring Project Manager, Dr. Isah Adamu said that SCI is committed to doing everything in its power to improve the health of children in Lagos State, especially in Ikorodu.
He disclosed that the 50 million naira worth of medical supplies and equipment donated to PHCs and General Hospitals in Ikorodu was the third in a series of donations.
“The intention is to give everything Ikorodu needs to reduce the number of deaths among children under five. This is the overall objective that we want. But we want, through a pilot, to use all the skills we know; every strategy that works with the 27 PHCs in Ikorodu and 2 general hospitals to improve the situation in the diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia in Ikorodu, if we saturate the board with everything they need.
The Medical Director of Ikorodu General Hospital, Dr. Taiwo Hassan, thanked SCI and GSK Plc., for the combined efforts that resulted in the donation and the interventions at public health facilities in Ikorodu.
According to him, the intervention is very commendable because pneumonia is one of the deadly diseases of children under five. He promised that all items and equipment donated to hospitals would be used wisely to save lives.
Similarly, SCI trained Lagos-based journalists for two days on the importance and how to better report on issues related to childhood illnesses, especially pneumonia.