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 healthcare 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.