By Emmanuel Elebeke
IN apparent move to im-prove the qaulity of health care delivery to Nigerians, MTN Foundation on Monday made a donation of Haemodialysis Centres to 12 public medical institutions drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country.
TheÂ donation which took place at the Golden Gate Restaurant Ikoyi, Lagos was meantÂ for treatment of Kidney related diseases in the 12 public hospitals across the country.
The company said the idea was to alleviate the suffering of Nigerian people with kidney and other related diseases.
In his address, the Chairman, MTN Foundation, Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu, said the donation of the Medical Support Project Haemodialysis Centres by the foundation was an expression of the unflinching support ofÂ MTN at improvingÂ the quality of life the people in the communities. He said the objective of the project was to bring closer to sufferers of kidney diseases, health institutions that will competently and efficiently manage this problem.
“Upon our call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from interested Federal and State Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and State General Hospitals across the country, we received about 57 submissions. After short-listing some of the applicants, our project team embarked on inspection visits to their premises to verify claims made and ascertain that they will indeed be able to host and competently and judiciously utilize the facilities we propose to install on their premises.
“After this exercise, we are delighted to formally unveil the names of the public medical institutions that will benefit from the MTN Foundation Haemodialysis Centres.â€ Ahmadu said.
The benefiting hospitals include: Benue State University Teaching Hospital; University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Abuja; Federal Medical Centre, Yola; Adamawa State, Federal Medical Centre, Nguru; Yobe State General Hospital, Yauri; Kebbi State, Specialist Hospital; Sokoto State, General Hospital; Onitsha, Anambra State, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State; Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; University of Ado Ekiti Teaching Hospital, Ekiti State; General Hospital, Alimosho, Lagos State and General Hospital Calabar, Cross River State .
According to the MTN boss,Â each of these hospitals will be equipped with state-of-the-art haemodialysis facilities, such asÂ Dialysis CentreHaemodialysis machine, Electronically powered dialysis bed, Consumables, Water treatment unit, Water pre-treatment unit, Plumbing/electrical works, Borehole water facility, Back-up power for the dialysis machine, 2.2KVA UPS for WTU, 1.5KVA UPS for water pre-treatment unit, 27 KVA generator,Â 2Hp Air conditioner.
The Foundation will also bear the cost of the civil works and non-clinical training of the facility staff. Ambassador Ahmadu however, commended theÂ medical institutions on their success and implore them to manage the facilities optimally for the benefit of Nigerians, and expressed appreciation to all the hospitals that took part in the process of selection.
It will be recalled that a few weeks ago, MTN Foundation unveiledÂ the beneficiary hospitals of the MTN Foundation Mammography Centres. A project the Foundation is currently equipping six public medical institutions in the six geopolitical zones of the country with mammography centres in order to strengthen breast cancer screening capacity in the health sector.