GIVING TO THE COMMUNITY: NAIJAID UK AND LEADNURSEAFRICA

 

NaijAid, makes more donations of hospital equipments to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos State, Nigeria.

 

NaijAid Uk, in collaboration with the Lead Nurse Africa, on Monday, September 30, donated some hospital equipment to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos (NOHIL). The items estimated to be worth millions of naira include: Electric beds, Carriers/Walking practice small size, Lifting machine, Labouring bed, Trolling, POP Shoe/MC Walker, Syringes , Temperature indicators, Catheter Syringe Tip and intersurgical complete respiratory systems.

The Organization’s philosophy is to help preserve the health system in Nigeria through the training of medical professionals and donation of equipments.

Kayode Nehan, NaijAid -UK representative, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the organisation decided to look into charity for medical equipment in Nigeria based on the level of medical equipment operations in the country.

 

He said: “Whenever you get to a hospital, there will be cases of no beds, no drugs and some medical accessories that are supposed to be in place which are not in place. So, we decided to partner with the UK government and some private organisations in the UK to actually seek how to send medical equipment to Nigeria. These are equipment that have been used in the UK but have been well maintained and are still in good order. We expect that whatever we give out to hospitals will be used adequately as subsequently, representatives might come around to see the usage of the equipment that had been donated. And, if they are not well used, the encouragement to request for more equipment from the governments in the UK or the private organisations that had given us may not be feasible.”

Receiving the items on behalf of the management of NOHIL, Dr Olatunji Idowu, the Head of Clinical Services at NOHIL, told our representative that the healthcare financing in Nigeria had been low for sometime now and partnership was needed as the government could not fund everything.

He said: “So anything we can get from an individual or an organisation is highly welcomed; and of course, you can never have enough in a hospital setting. We are looking forward to having more donations and will be highly grateful if they do but the ones they have been brought will be immediately deployed to useful areas in the hospital. The challenges are many but consumables, that is, things we need on a daily basis, such as changing bed sheets, bedding, diapers are in very high demand “

He also called for increased funding for the health care system, especially as  WHO had recommended that governments should allocate a certain percentage of its budget to healthcare.

Also speaking, Obiageli Oguariri, the Deputy Director of Nursing Services in charge of Clinical Education Information Technical and Research (CERIT), NOHIL, commended the NaijAid UK. She said:

The trends in medicine are not static, they are dynamic; so, the use of equipment should be upgraded at frequent intervals. Sometimes, you find us still making use of whatever we can make use of because we do not have the most recent or the most ideal. So, if donations come from any angle to update and equip us, we will be happy. We are appreciative of what has been given us but we still need more because of the volume of patients that comes in as well as our commitment to quality and professional health care delivery,’’ . 

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