By Salisu Sani-Idris
A philanthropic organisation, Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, on Friday donated medicines and medical supplies worth N85 million to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna State University and Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two health facilities were selected among 32 Secondary Health facilities owned by the Kaduna State Government.
Chief of Staff of the foundation, Mr Chris Ezike, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, presented the medical items to the beneficiaries.
He said the donation was to complement government efforts at providing efficient healthcare services in the country.
Ezike said that the foundation started the nationwide medical equipment and supplies distribution, including medicine in March.
He said the medical supplies were distributed to tertiary health facilities all over the country.
” What we are doing today is part of that ceremony, because the two hospitals in Kaduna State are sharing one lots of N85 million worth medical supplies.
“Half of it will go to the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital and the remaining half will go to the Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital in Kaduna State.
“The two hospitals were graciously nominated by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed,” he said.
Ezike said that the founder of the foundation, who is the Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, had contributed immensely to the fight against polio and its eradication in the country.
“As a matter of fact, his donation to the fight against the polio scourge made him the highest donor in Africa. He has put in over 4 million dollars and he is very delighted that this year, not only Nigeria, but Africa had been certified polio-free,” he said.
On her part, the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning thanked the founder of the foundation for honouring and giving her the privilege to nominate the hospitals that got the donation.
Ahmed, represented by her Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Malam Yunusa Abdullahi, commended the efforts of the foundation in providing medical support to the nation’s health sector.
She urged the beneficiaries to ensure judicious utilisation of the items to improve the health condition of the ordinary citizens.
Responding, Prof. Abdulkadir Musa, Chief Medical Director, Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, said Kaduna was one of the states with poor health indices in the country.
He said the donation would go a long way in assisting the less privileged in the society to access medical care in the state.
Musa, who assured that the medical items would be used for the purpose it was meant for, commended the foundation and the minister for finding them worthy to benefit the intervention.
He also announced the appointment of the founder of the foundation as a member of the Board of Trustees of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna.
Mr Nuhu Umar, Head of Department, Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital, Kaduna, also expressed gratitude to the foundation and the minister for the gesture, which he described as a “privilege.”
NAN reports that the medicines donated include antihypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-asthma, water filter bottle, multivitamins for the elderly, among others (NAN)