The United States and Nigerian governments along with U.S. digital industrial company General Electric (GE) has launched a new mother-and-child health initiative that would expand access to digital antenatal screenings to more than 2 million expectant mothers across the country.
The ‘Healthymagination Mother and Child’ Initiative is worth $20 million (N4 billion) and will reduce mother and infant deaths especially in a country as Nigeria which has one of the highest mother and infant death rates.
U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle; Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of State for Health; Dr. Ado Mohammed, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and the General Electric Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt who all officiated at the event, emphasized the main tenets of the mother and child initiative, and spoke extensively on the benefits of the initiative in Nigeria. Stakeholders in the health sector also expressed their pleasure at being a part of the initiative.
Tolu Disu and Ahmed Zakari of General Electric, said the device would reduce preventable maternal and infant deaths in Nigeria. The Healthymagination Mother and child Initiative is a portable ultrasound Vscan designed by General Electric, for front-line workers with low-resource to help improve maternal health. It is described as portable, affordable and the right tool that could be carried easily from place to place.