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NDIC donates paediatric unit to Ogun hospital



Olawale Jokotoye

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The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on Sunday donated a pediatric ward to Ogun’s government-owned hospital in Saala, Ayetoro.

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The project was facilitated by NDIC, Ms. Ronke Sokefun, through her MRS Foundation.

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The Pediatric Ward Unit was donated in honor of his late parents, Mr. Anthony Idowu and Mrs. Idowu.

In his speech at the opening ceremony and handover of the facility to the state government, Sokefun noted that the unit was fully equipped with two infant phototherapy machines.

Others, according to her, are two baby incubators, two oxygen concentrators and two suction machines.

He added that the facility also has an emergency treatment room, a 10-bed admission room, a baby room, a special bathroom for newborns, isolation room for people with infectious and communicable diseases.

According to her, the unit also has a pharmacy, a doctor’s office, a chief midwife’s office, a nursing station, a waiting room, a two-room apartment equipped with a kitchenette for parents and guardians for children, and admission rooms.

Sokefun further explained that the unit is also equipped with a backup solar power source for uninterrupted power supply at the facility.

She said the gesture was part of the NDIC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to complement government efforts to add value to communities and improve people’s well-being.

The NDIC president added that the gesture also stemmed from his desire to give back to the community.

“All around us, there are gaps, especially with the provision of social services. The truth is that government can’t do everything, no matter how hard it tries.

“It is for this reason that we must all be determined to support and give back.

“Why choose an independent pediatric unit?

“There is a saying that healthy children make a healthy nation. We have to raise our little babies and that is why this project was conceptualized,” she said.

Sokefun, however, urged the hospital management to make judicious use of the facilities.

In his remarks, Governor Dapo Abiodun, in his speech, praised the NDIC and its chair for their association with his administration’s qualitative health care services.

Abiodun, who was represented by Staff, Shuib Salisu, urged other well-meaning indigenous people in the state, as well as organizations, to emulate the gesture.

“We need all hands on board to build the state and therefore this development today is a welcome one.

“The pediatric unit will not only serve the Ayetoro community but also other communities around here,” he said.

The director of the hospital, Dr. Olawale Maku, denounced his deplorable condition and called on the state government to provide the hospital with a visiting pediatrician to maximize the benefits of the project.

He said: “The issue of maternal and child health is a big challenge in Nigeria and Africa in general.

“This center is comprehensive and will serve as an intervention for many childhood illnesses.

“This project can solve the problem of premature births, neonatal jaundice and other childhood diseases.

“This project will also help other neighboring communities.

“Therefore, we are calling on the state government to provide us with a visiting pediatrician so that this project is put to optimal use,” he said.

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