The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday laid the foundation of a 50-bed Maternity and Child Care Centre in Daura, Katsina State, to promote child and maternal health in the area.
Mrs Buhari said the project was fully funded by the Aisha Buhari Foundation under the Future Assured programme.
She said the aim of the project was to reduce maternal and child mortality, adding, “We would ensure that we establish a well-equipped, functional maternity centre in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.”
She called on public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to support the programme, stressing that, “I told our donors to construct this centre without handling the money by myself.”
The wife of the president commended the Katsina State Government for providing spacious land for the project, and called on all stakeholders to ensure regular maintenance of the centre.
She said the project would be completed within the year and it would be equipped with ultra-modern delivery gadgets with a view to saving the lives of pregnant women and little children through routine immunisation.
In her remarks, the wife of the Acting President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, commended Mrs Buhari for initiating the project.
Mrs Osinbajo said Mrs Buharis main concern was Nigeria and Nigerians, hence her resolve to embark on projects that would promote the health of women and children.
She called on Nigerians to key into the health care programme of the Federal Government aimed at promoting health of Nigerians, especially prevention of maternal and child mortality.
The State Commissioner of Health, Hajiya Mariyatu Bala Usman, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kabir Mustapha, commended Mrs Buhari for the project.
Usman said the centre would improve the health of the people of the area especially child and maternal health.
The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk, lauded Mrs Buhari for her decision to provide such important health facility in his domain.
He called on the people of the Emirate to continue to support government policies and programmes for the success of the Buhari administration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mrs Buhari was accompanied on the visit by the Wife of the Acting President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, wives of governors of Katsina, Kebbi and Adamawa.