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Presisdent Buhari Inaugurates Ayinke House, Uncompleted Projects in Lagos

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the newly reconstructed Institute of Maternal And Child Health also known as Ayinke House.

The institute, which is located within the premises of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja, is one of the projects Buhari inaugurated during his one-day working visit to Lagos State this Wednesday.

Other projects Buhari was slated to commission include the reconstructed Oshodi International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange, which are still work in progress, and 820 mass transit buses.

Buhari described the reconstruction of Ayinke House as a critical and timely intervention by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led government of the state in the health sector.

Lagos State government had upgraded Ayinke House, which remains Nigeria’s biggest Maternity Hospital, from an 80-bed facility to a 170-bed healthcare centre with state-of-the-art medical equipment and information technology services.

Some of the dignitaries at the unveiling of the building included Governors of Ogun (Ibikunle Amosun), Oyo (Abiola Ajimobi), Ondo (Oluwarotimi Akeredolu), Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi), Jubrila Bindow, Adamawa, acting Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Oba  of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

Ambode, speaking at the event, said the development was historic, adding, that he was sure that the facility would provide world-class childbirth and maternal care services to Lagosians and Nigerians at large.

Taking a flashback on the facility came into existence, Ambode said the facility was commissioned exactly 29 years ago, explaining that the late businessman and philanthropist, Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony donated the first dedicated maternal and child care facility to the state government, in memory of his mother. This he said was the reason the facility is christened “Ayinke House”.

According to Ambode, when the facility became obsolete, in recognition of the need to sustain Bank-Anthony’s philanthropy, the state government, during the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola, awarded the contract for the expansion and reconstruction of the facility.

“Today, seven years after the closure of the facility, the new edifice is now a 170-bed facility with 5 surgical theatres. It has a 16-bed emergency care unit with 3 organ support facilities, 30-bed special baby care unit, 5 neonatal intensive care units, a fully equipped laboratory with support services, laboratories, and a blood bank,” he said.

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