NOWA Reports Construction of N15 Billion Naira Women and Children Hospital in Abuja

The Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) has started construction of a 200-bed N15 billion hospital in Abuja.

According to NOWA National Chairperson, Mrs. Nana Aisha Gambo, the hospital is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

She said the most important project since NOWA’s inception is direct intervention in support of Navy operations.

“Indeed, the uncomfortable state of health of a reasonable population of Nigerian women and children is known to us all.”

Citing UNICEF statistics, she said Nigeria was responsible for 10% of global deaths among pregnant women, representing a maternal mortality rate of 576 deaths per hundred thousand live births, the fourth highest raised in the world.

UNICEF also suggests that 250,000 babies die at birth in Nigeria each year, which is the second highest national figure in the world.

“Because we are involved, it is not surprising that we lose our wives and children on a daily basis to inadequate medical care and in particular to insufficient mother and child hospitals.

“The members of NOWA have decided to consider our destinies and those of our future generations by creating this specialized hospital for women and children.

“The hospital with an estimated cost of N15 billion will be situated on 2.1 hectares of land here in Galadimawa Abuja and it is expected to commence operations in the second quarter of 2023.”

The President’s wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, represented by the Vice President’s wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, congratulated NOWA for this initiative.

She said the project, when completed, would help meet the health care needs of women and children in Nigeria.

She added that statistics on health care needs, particularly with regard to women and children, revealed the need for urgent intervention.

“Nigeria is grappling with a growing population amid dwindling resources to reorganize health care needs in Nigeria. This project is critical to Mr. President’s drive to ensure that every Nigerian, especially women and children, face dwindling resources.

“FG will continue to intervene to ensure quality health care delivery, which it has demonstrated with the revitalization of the primary health center in the country.”

FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello, represented by FCT Mandate Secretary for Health and Social Services, Abubakar Tafida, said the project will provide assistance to women and children in the city.