*Donates biomedical repair & test kits, trains hospital staff
By Sola Ogundipe
TOWARDS enhancing the quality of healthcare services in the country, 10 tertiary health institutions have received a specialised set of biomedical repair tools known as the Medisend Biomedical Repair and Test Kits donated by ExxonMobil Foundation.
The kits, it was gathered, contain generic equipment and tools that can be universally applied to every modern hospital equipment. They are not specific for certain types of equipment, but are applicable universally.
The five hospitals that received the kits last week were Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu; National Hospital, Abuja and Orile Agege General Hospital, Lagos.
Earlier, five other hospitals obtained the donated kits. They are the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar; University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo; the General Hospital Ikot Abasi and Immanuel Hospital, Eket.
ExxonMobil also sponsored biomedical technicians for six-month skills acqusition programme in Dallas, Texas. Chairman of the event and Consultant Obstertrician and Gynaecologist at UCH, Prof Isaac Adewole said it was an ongoing process. â€œIt is the third year in the training of biomedical technicians to assist the heath sector in maintenance of critical equipment and make sure they are functioning.â€
He noted that a problem observed over the years was that most items of equipment brought in to the country cannot be properly maintained. â€œSo we have identified this gap and liased with a credible organisation like Medisens in the United States of America that is the foremost industry in the repair of hospital equipment. We also got some hospital staff to go abroad for training on the maintenance of the equipment. They are back and if they are to function properly, they need to be given the right equipment and that is what we are doiung today. We are hoping that this box will help us to maintain at least 80 per cent of the equipment in the hospitals.
In a speech read on her behalf, Executive Director, Mobil Producing Ltd., Mrs. Gloria Essien-Danner said ExxonMobil foundation had committed over $50 million to help fund malaria programmes in Nigeria and 15 other countries, making it the largest non-pharmaceutical corporate donor to malaria.
Group Medical Director, ExxonMobil Affiliates in Nigeria, Dr. Dominic Ukpong who was represented by Dr. Aliyu Mohammed, noted that the initiative donate the repair kits as well as sending trainees to the Medisend Mobile Biomedical Repair and Test Kits, was part of ExxonMobilâ€™s Africa health Initiative signature programme.
â€œWe understand the test and repair kit is one of the most comprehensive biomedical equipment repair kit. it contains over 4,000 laboratory repair tools, supply items, and state-of-the-art test and calibration devices.â€
Each of the boxes, valued at $50,000 was however obtained at the cost of $20,000 each because there was no payment for shipment, but the hospitals got them free.