Lagos, August 1, 2018: The
quality of health care delivery in Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo states just received
a boost as MTN Foundation through its Emergency Ward Intervention Project recently
gifted various communities medical equipment and health care supplies.
The Foundation which aims to improve the quality
of health care and life in general in Nigeria has previously donated
ultra-modern emergency equipment to hospitals in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
The latest benefiting hospitals from the
three South-East states include: the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki
(FETHA 1), Ebonyi; Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital,
Anambra and Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH), Owerri, which are all
referral hospitals for patients in need of special medical attention.
Speaking during the
handover ceremony of the items, Director, MTN Foundation, Mr. Dennis Okoro,
acknowledged the good work of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),
and all the State Emergency Response agencies nationwide. He also added that “This is not a work for them alone, which is
why MTN Foundation, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and our
Emergency agencies has set up the MTNF Emergency Ward Intervention initiative to
reduce long waiting time experienced by patients in Nigerian hospitals.”
The benefiting states’ commissioners for
health expressed their gratitude to the Foundation stating that the equipment
will enable them prepare better for health emergencies as well as reduce the
death rate caused by inadequate medical equipment needed to treat patients who
are in need of emergency care. In his remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Ebonyi State;
Dr. Umezurike Daniel (FWACS)commended MTN saying: “We transfer our patients to other states to receive medical treatment,
but that will not happen anymore thanks to MTN Foundation.”
Receiving the equipment in
Imo state, the Chief Medical Director, IMSUTH, Dr. Fredrick Anofue appreciated
MTN Foundation for its resolve to improve the quality of health care across
Nigeria through the donation of necessary health care infrastructure. ”The initiative would help complement efforts
made by the government in reducing the time spent at the emergency wards by
patients,” he added.
Under the Emergency Ward Intervention
project, MTN Foundation donated medical equipment and consumables including
digital patient monitors, stethoscopes, fracture immobilizers, laryngoscopes, respiration
suction machines, amongst others.