The Embassy of Japan in Nigeria has donated medical equipments worth $121,883 (N19.5 million) to 10 selected Primary Healthcare Centres in Lagos State.
The donation was held under the project title: “The Project for Provision of Medical Equipment for Primary Health Care Centres in Lagos State” and was hosted in partnership with Biire Child Maternal Health Foundation and the Lagos State Government.
The projects include 10 Fetal Heart Dopplers and 20 Delivery Beds shared among the benefiting hospitals.
Speaking at the ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria Ryuichi Shoji said the gesture will improve medical services in Lagos State and strengthen diplomatic relationship between Japan and Nigeria.
According to him, healths are fundamental human rights and it is expected that each citizen of Nigeria has access to basic health.
The Japanese ambassador said the unfortunate death of 555 out of 100,000 pregnant women in 2010 in Lagos State spurred the embassy to work in the area of improving maternal health.
Executive Director of the Biire Child and Maternal Health Foundation Dare Ajayi said the donations would contribute to other developmental strides such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)