By Sola Ogundipe
WHEN the Indomie Hospital Project train took off in April 2009, the aim and objective of the initiative was crystal clear. Designed to realistically support the efforts of government at Federal and State levels to bring quality health care services to Nigerian children, the project features the donation of hospital equipment to various hospitals in Nigeria.
Essentially, General Hospitals and healthcare centres are primary targets for the initiative considering the unparallel huge influx of patients who represent a higher percentage of those at the lower rung of the economic ladder.
The whole idea is to bring the Indomie brand closer to the people on one hand, and, on the other hand, make adequate healthcare available to the less privileged.
The Indomie Hospital Project is a major initiative of Dufil Prima Foods Plc. corporate social responsibility programmes. Designed to support the efforts of government in bringing quality health care services to Nigerian children.
In the past, Dufil Prima Foods has undertaken several infrastructural projects and various human developmental programmes since its inception in an effort to bring development to the people and promote the well being of the people in the country.
As a child-friendly organisation, the Indomie hospital project is one of the approach adopted by the company to ensure Nigerian children continue to enjoy good medical care. It features the donation of hospital equipment to various hospitals in Nigeria.
At least 10 hospitals across the the country will benefit from the 2009 edition of the Project. Before now, the Indomie Hospital Project had donated to the Isolo General Hospital; the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH); Surulere General Hospital; Lagos Island General Hospital; General Hospital, Gbagada, and General Hospital, Mushin. Some of the equipment include baby incubators, phototherapy units, digital baby weighing scales, digital thermometers, blood pressure monitors, and paediatric cuffs.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Massey Street Children Hospital, Lagos, became the first beneficiary of the annual project which kicked off with donation of the variety of medical equipment to the paediatric hospital on Lagos Island. Tope Ashiwaju, PR Manager, Dufil Prima Foods said the lack of medical equipment in many government hospitals and health centres was one of the root causes of poor provision of basic health services.
The hospitalsâ€™s Medical Director/CEO, Dr. Adejoke Akande as well as the Apex Chief Matron, Mrs. Olufunke Fakoya expressed appreciation for the Indomie Hospital initiative saying it had made significant difference in the lives of Nigerian children.
She said Dufil Prima Foods has demonstrated by its action that it is truly a caring company, adding that the items would go a long way in complementing effort in assisting governmentâ€™s provision of free medical services to children.
Fakoya said the materials donated are equipments the hospital requires either urgently or as back up to the existing equipment and the donation will go a long way in strengthening us to serve the patients better considering their influx.
Next stop for the Indomie
Hospital Project train was Adeoyo Maternity Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan in Oyo State which obtained similar equipment valued at millions of naira in its paediatric unit.
During the presentation ceremony on May 13, 2009, Ashiwaju, noted that Ade-Oyo Maternity Hospital was specificslly chosen based on its unmatched reputation for providing maternal and newborn care.
â€œWe want to bring Indomie brand closer in terms of health care to those who cannot genuinely afford medical bills and thatâ€™s the reason for the initiative being centered on general hospitals rather than private hospitals.â€
Receiving the equipment, Dr. Adeyanju Olusoji, the hospitalâ€™s Consultant Gynaechologist described the initiative as a people-centered one that touches society where it really mattered.
Adeyanju said: â€œWhile others are winding up in the heat of the economic meltdown, DUFIL Prima Foods have shown to be good example of a true corporate citizen undeterred.â€
Also, Consultant Pediatrician, Dr. Onadeko Olusola said the new medical equipment would complement the State Governmentâ€™s in recent time have been very effort to totally renovate the hospital and also curtail the influx of cases associated with the neonatal unit.
The goodwill by Indomie then moved its commitment to complement governmentâ€™s effort and improve the provision of child healthcare services up-country to the Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja. Joseph Akintunde, Area Marketing Manager, Abuja, Dufil Prima Foods was on hand to explain the rationale behind the initiative.
Hailing Dufil Prima Foods, Dr. Sulaiman Zubair, Chairman/Chief Medical Director, of the hospital said the donated equipment would alleviate challenges of the hospital and further improves its service delivery especially to the paediatric department.
â€œThe hospital was originally design for the Asokoro district dwellers and is one of the few hospitals that provide top class quality healthcare service. However, patients come from different parts of the country to seek medical care beyond the available capacity so itâ€™s a lot of pressure when you consider the current capacity.â€
Zubair singled out the Indomie hospital initiative as one deserving of emulation by other corporate organisations.
The Indomie Hospital Project train moved southwards, destination – the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt, on Monday, June 22, 2009. There, Haruna Salisu, Area Marketing Manager, Port Harcourt, was on hand to speak about the Indomie Hospital Project initiative following which a similar donation of equipment was made, to the delight of the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Bernard Aprioku.
According to him, the hospital was the only one of its type in town hence the huge influx of patients. He emphasised that neo-natal cases of infants not delivered in the hospital but brought as a result of complication or infections during birth, constitute a major challenge.
â€œThe hospital facilities are overwhelmed because we have more patients coming here than what we can bear. Although, we have the Special Care Baby Unit, we needed an isolation ward which we have built for infant patients who were not delivered here but have not been able to equip it.
â€œHence, there was need for more facilities but today we are glad to be the recipient of these equipments donated by Indomie.â€ Aprioku explained further that the isolation ward is a section of the Special Care Baby Unit to cater for babies not delivered in the hospital but were brought in for medical attention due to complication or infection during birth.
He emphasised that the donation was very timely in answering to the need of the hospital with regards to the paediatric department. He said that â€œthe department will now be able to admit external infants into the isolation ward of the Special Care Baby Unit.â€