The Senior Special Assistant to the president on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs) Princess Adejoke Orelope –Adefulire, has donated ambulances, phototherapy machine and incubators to the National Hospital, Abuja, to serve patients and save lives.
Princess Adejoke, while presenting the equipment at National Hospital yesterday, said that in line with the mandate of the office and working towards the realisation of the SDG goal 3, ensuring healthy living and promoting well-being for all Nigerians, it became imperative for her office to make the donations.
The SSAP said, “the reduction of Infant Mortality is our concern, we owe it a duty to go to where we have lapses and intervene.” She commended the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole for the good work he is doing adding that, maternal mortality has drastically reduced and Polio has been kicked out of Nigeria.
Princess Adejoke urged the private sectors to join hands with the Federal Government and give support to hospitals to save lives and have a healthy environment. The SSAP went round the Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where the incubators, which were supplied six months ago by OSSAP-SDGs, were already in use. Also, touched by the plight of the patients, especially the infants in the hospital, Princess Adejoke promised to give more support to the hospital.
Earlier, the board chairman of the hospital, Mrs Patricia Etteh, welcomed and appreciated the gesture and support given; she prayed that, the donation would go a long way in helping to reduce the risk of patients dying for lack of enough emergency tools. She prayed that, God would reward the efforts.
The chief medical director of the National Hospital, Dr Jafaru Momoh, while appreciating the support pointed out that, already the incubators in use have saved many lives of the infants, he said the hospital gets a number of referrals everyday and needs more of the incubators. He expressed gratitude to President Buhari whom, through OSSAP – SDGs, relief was made.
He however, requested that, the hospital is in need of ventilators and hoped that the SSAP will come to their aid.