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The Managing Director of the Anambra State Oxygen Plant, Mrs. Amaka Arinze, has revealed that the State Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo is presently seeking to reduce Under-5 infant mortalities with regular and constant production of medical oxygen for hospitals across the state.
She said the present administration is fighting tooth and nail to ensure that Anambra State achieved the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through the production of medical oxygen to reduce Under-5 infant mortalities which rate about 625,000 deaths annually across Nigeria.
The oxygen plant boss who spoke exclusively with our correspondent shortly after the oversight visit of the Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Health, said the oxygen plant is functional and that it runs 24-hour operation, adding that availability of oxygen in hospitals cannot be overemphasised.
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She explained that the visit of the House of Assembly Committee on Health to the oxygen plant was helpful because she used the occasion to implore the legislature to come up with a bill to ensure that every health facility in Anambra State must have oxygen to give patients in need.
She also disclosed that the state’s oxygen plant will ensure that every hospital in Anambra State is given one free oxygen cylinder every month, adding that the visit of the legislators was important as they would help in the enforcement of the national policy on medical oxygen.
According to her, absence of medical oxygen in hospitals lead to 625,000 deaths annually and that these deaths affected children and aged people mainly.
She stressed that the presence of oxygen cylinders helps a lot to save lives, be it at the Primary Health Care Centres because oxygen helps to sustain movement of patients from one point to another.