As part of efforts to ensure sustainable development in the areas of maternal health, the government of the State of Osun has commenced the building of high capacity mother and child hospitals in the State.
It has also commenced the construction of an ultra modern skills acquisition centre in the State.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of the State of Osun on Sustainable Development Goals, Mr. Shittu Williams, on Monday, during an inspection of the ongoing projects which commenced few weeks ago.
Williams said the projects, which are a partnership between the state government and the SDGs office in Abuja, include a state-of-the-art 120-bed capacity Mother and Child hospital in Osogbo, a fully equipped 80-bed mother and child hospital capacity in Iragbiji, and one modern skill and vocational acquisition centre in Dagbolu are presently under construction.
According to Williams, the mother and child hospitals when completed will signal the arrival of improved healthcare delivery and well-being in the communities, adding that it would give the women in Osun the opportunity for ante-natal and maternal care.
He said the facility will further provide prioritized healthcare to infants and children, resolve problems associated with transmissible, non-transmissible, communicable and non-communicable diseases in the state, which will go a long way to improve the health indices, thereby complementing the visionary transformation Governor Gboyega Oyetola has already performed in the health sector with the revitalization of 332 PHCs and upgrading of three general hospitals.
Speaking on the importance of the Skill Acquisition Centre, Williams said the centre will be made available for youths who intend to acquire skills and new innovation in craftsmanship, which will further reduce the rate of unemployment and reduce youth restiveness in the state.
He said that the two hospitals are billed to be delivered, completed and commissioned on or before the end of the June 2021, while the Skills Acquisition Centre would be completed by the end of March 2021.