Al_Bashir inaugurates Umbada Hospital for Maternal and Child Health

Haffiya Elyas

The President of the Republic, *Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, inaugurated last Thursday *Umbada Hospital for Maternal and Child Health, in the presence of the Governor *of Khartoum State , *Hashim Othman Al-Hussein and the *State Minister of Health .

* The project aims to improve health care services , targeting five thousand births annually . The building consists of two floors and covers an area of ??4783 square meters including various specialized health departments. The hospital is part of the completion of the health map of Khartoum *state , Amount of Grant Aid: *Approx. USD 23.2 Million

*The President of the Republic confirmed his Government’s continuing *to provide services to citizens, praising the efforts and achievements *of the *Minister of Health *Mamoun Humaida in health issues , confirming that he did a great job in health services

*Humaida said the health centers had increased to *100 %, where the number was 230 center and *increased *to 633 centers , which are *considered as the *backbone of the localities . The Minister appreciated the efforts and support of the government of Japan to the people of Sudan .*

*According to JIKA , the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of the Sudan *in 2016 to provide grant aid of up to 2.32 billion yen for the Project for the Improvement of Health Care Service in Suburban Area of Khartoum State.*

This project will provide a maternal and pediatric ward at a secondary health facility located on the outskirts of Khartoum State, thereby improving the maternal and child health services in the state.

Due to the long years of conflict, the number of both health facilities and professionals are inadequate in Sudan and the standard of health service requires improvement. Maternity and child health indicators in particular are extremely low, with the infant mortality rate at 57 per 1000 births, and the maternal mortality rate at 216 per 100,000 births (2013). Further, the population in Khartoum State is rapidly increasing due to an influx of people from Darfur and other areas affected by conflicts, making the inadequacy of health services urgent particularly in the outlying regions of the state.*

This project will make it possible to increase the number of childbirths and the number of patients receiving antenatal and postnatal care at the target hospital, and it is expected that there will be an expansion in the maternal and child health services available to residents as well as an improvement in the quality of those services. In addition to this project, JICA plans to begin technical cooperation for expanding basic health services, thereby providing inclusive support for improving the health conditions in Sudan.*

*Sudan made progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a reduction in child mortality and maternal mortality rate by 60% between 1990 and 2010. However, Sudan yet to achieve MDGs targets for child and maternal health (Infant Mortality Rate: 52/1000 and Under-five Mortality Rate: 52/1000(2014)). These figures indicate challenging health situation of the nation due to the lack of health facilities. In Khartoum State, due to an inflow of people, including people from conflict-affected areas such as Darfur, population are expanding without constructing new health facilities.*

Umbada locality, which has the biggest population in Khartoum state, merely has only one secondary hospital with a limited number of beds (3.41 beds for 10,000 people (2011) in average while the standard is 12 beds for 10,000). Umbada residents need to visit other localities to use hospital services. In Omdurman Maternal Hospital near Umbada locality, the number of deliveries is higher than 30,000 deliveries per year because of the congested and densely populated area of Umbada locality. This number of deliveries decreases the service quality of this hospital. To overcome these challenges, the project will expand the secondary hospital for providing safe child birth deliveries and maternal and child health services in Umbada locality.

*The Project is composed of construction of a new “Maternal and Child Health Section” Building at Umbada General Hospital and procurement of equipment for the section. The new section has outpatient department, pharmacy/medical store, laboratory, delivery rooms and operation theatre, impatient ward, blood bank, department included public ward, private ward, high dependency unit, neonatal ICU, nursery room and nurse station. Comment: *

“This hospital construction is aligned with the Khartoum state health plan, and targets to improve health services in high population density area; therefore this hospital fit of our idea as it will build in central area of Umbada locality. Also, it is sure that this Japanese quality hospital would influence other hospital management to standardize and sustain to improve the work environment and working conditions and make them as convenient as possible. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), called “KAIZEN” in Japanese, is the essential method in workplace improvement. The Project for Improvement of Health Care Service in Suburban Area of Khartoum State Expected Impact:*

*The project aims to construct new maternal ward for providing safe child birth deliveries, targeting 5,000 annual deliveries.

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