BY ANDREW OJIH, Jalingo
General T. Y. Danjuma has donated an ultramodern Maternity health facility to residents of Takum local government area of Taraba State to check the prevalence of child and maternal mortality in the state.
Danjuma, while commissioning the Rufkatu Danjuma Maternity in Takum yesterday said that he was alarmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) report that 140 women and 2, 000 children less than five years old die daily in Nigeria.
Danjuma, who described the Maternity as a “state-of-the-art modern facility, sustainable and specialised mother and child facility aimed at providing enhanced maternal and perinatal healthcare services”, said it would provide the needed services to Takum and surrounding communities.
He explained that the project was a partnership between T. Y. Danjuma foundation, Taraba State government and Development Africa who would also manage the facility subsequently.
“According to WHO, 140 women and 2000 children who are less than five years old die daily in Nigeria. This is not only alarming but also totally unacceptable. It was as a result of this development that I took the initiative to put this facility in place to contribute my quota in checking this ugly trend.
“I therefore urge all our people to take advantage of this facility to prevent unnecessary deaths and illnesses among women and children,” Danjuma said.
The state governor, Darius Ishaku, said “the project demonstrates the concern of Danjuma towards the wellbeing of the people especially the most vulnerable in the society and the state government is most pleased to identify and contribute towards this noble project”.
Ishaku, urged the people to take the facility as their personal facility that must be “guarded jealously against any form of threat”.
Meanwhile governor Darius Ishaku, has laid the foundation for Government International Model Secondary School Takum, to be built by the Victim Support Fund VSF, in Takum yesterday.
The executive director of the VSF Prof Sunday Ochoche, said that the citing of the programme was in recognition that the state was greatly affected by the Boko haram insurgency through massive influx of Internally Displaced Persons IDPs, thus over stretching the facilities in the state.
Ochoche, assured that the fund was committing 1.25 billion Naira to the project and is expected to be completed within eight months.
Gov. Ishaku, in his remarks said the school, when completed, would not only compliment the current reform his administration has embarked upon in the education sector, but would help to accommodate students with deficiency in their O’level exams by providing remedial studies to fast rack admission in to universities.
LEADERSHIP reports that the governor also commissioned 1×7.5MVA/33/11 KV injection substation, Takum, flagged off the Takum Chanchangi road construction, and other projects.