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GSK, SCI Donates Medical Equipment Worth N100m to Jigawa

Muhammad Garba

In a bid to strengthen the capacity of clinics to checkmate the menace of pneumonia and other child killer diseases, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Save the Children International Nigeria donated medical equipment and instruments worth over NN100 million to some selected Hospitals in Jigawa and Lagos States.

Speaking at the presentation of the equipment to Jigawa State Ministry of Health for onward distribution to the selected facilities in the state, Chief of Party, INSPIRING Project, Save the Children International Nigeria, Dr. Adamu Isah said the donation is in response to the health facilities assessment conducted in the targeted areas.

He explained that, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Save the Children International under the INSPIRING Project are currently carrying out campaign against pneumonia and other child killer disease in Kiyawa local government of Jigawa state and Ikorodu local government of Lagos state.

“We are working in these two local governments of different peculiarities of rural and city communities to demonstrate how best to tackle the disease in Nigeria at large.

“In Jigawa state, 35 health facilities will benefit from the donation which comprised oxygen analyzers, weighing scales, BP apparatus, stethoscopes, respiratory timers, infrared thermometers, and pulse oximeters.

Some of the donated items

“Other medical equipment are cold chain equipment such as refrigerators and vaccine carriers, nutrition equipment, consumables including cooking gas and food items, in addition, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) commodities, including hand sanitizers, liquid soap, disinfectants, disposal gloves, masks and many others”.

Speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director, GlaxoSmithKline Nigeria (GSK) Kunle Oyelana said experiences from the global management of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that, supporting public healthcare service delivery will save many lives and enhance social and economic development globally.

“We all must support initiatives that will enhance better healthcare systems and improve the wellbeing of the people, in view of this, we are optimistic that the equipment and assessors donated today will be efficiently used to the benefit of the communities,” Kunle declared.

While receiving the items on behalf of the state government, the Permanent Secretary and Acting Commissioner of Health in Jigawa State, Dr. Salisu Mu’azu expressed their appreciation to Save the Children and the GSK for their intervention on Pneumonia disease which is first of its kind in the history of Nigeria.

He said, in the last two years, the project has made significant impacts by mobilizing public to take ownership of public healthcare service delivery, donation of medical equipment, training and other services that have improved the quality of lives of people in state.

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