In its bid to reduce maternal mortality by 25 percent at the end of the year 2022, Ogun State Government, in collaboration with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), has commissioned a state-of-the-art Skills Laboratory to aid the learning of students of midwifery in the State.
The Wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, during the commissioning of the Laboratory at the School of Midwifery, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, said it was aimed at improving the clinical experience for midwifery students in the State.
Mrs. Abiodun noted that the laboratory is equipped with modern infrastructure to facilitate learning and keep the midwifery students abreast of current trends in maternal and child health, especially in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology in line with global best practices.
While appreciating the UNFPA for collaborating with the State Government, Mrs. Abiodun said that the laboratory is one of Prince Dapo Abiodun’s investment in Maternal and Child Health, expressing optimism that it would be one of the best facilities in the South-West of Nigeria.
On her part, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said the ongoing renovation and equipping of Primary Health Centers across the State, would be complemented by skilled healthcare workers that will contribute to the reduction of mortality as a result of childbirth.
“Through our collaboration with UNFPA, we have been able to revamp the skills lab with mannequins that will simulate the real child delivery scenarios. This will help our student midwives to have the right skills for safe child delivery in line with global best practices”, she said.
The Commissioner assured that the present administration would continue to promote capacity building initiatives for health care students and workers across the State.