10 leading government hospitals across the country, are benefiting from Coca-Cola Nigeria’s Safe Birth Initiative (SBI) Engineering Facelift.
Consequently, 20 Biomedical Engineers and Technicians of the beneficiary hospitals have already been trained and graduated on modern intervention equipment that would enhance safe births in the hospitals.
Public Affairs & Communications Director for Coca-Cola West Africa, Clem Ugorji welcoming guests to the graduation and panel discussion to unveil the initiative in Lagos expressed the concerns of the company in the alarming maternal and newborn deaths in the country thus prompting investment in the project.
According to Ugorji,
“ We are worried at the alarming figure of 576 deaths of pregnant women per 100,000 live births and deaths of 37 newborn out of every 1000 live births.
“hence the decision of Coca-Cola to get involved as the safety, the prosperity of our host communities are the best we get in value for our products. A community that loses its women at birth cannot have the basis for the future not to talk of our products”.
He pointed out also, “Beyond the figures and numbers of maternal and neonatal deaths are real people, the future of our nation and the reason we at all should be alive to do something responsibly. We all need to talk the issues, keep the conversation on the front burner so that we can continue to have a Nigeria that the world respects and value as well as reckon with”, said Ugorji
Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole who was represented by Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta, Dr. Adedamola Dada noted, “We have always believed that our healthcare would improve with active collaboration and partnership from the private sector.
He assured that meticulous planning and identification of the needs of the beneficiary hospitals have been carried out with active involvement of partners and beneficiaries.
The Safe Birth Initiative, is projected to support the attainment of the SDG targets on maternal and newborn deaths reduction, focus on strengthening the capacity of selected public hospitals through procurement of vital maternal and neonatal medical equipment and supplies; training biomedical engineering technicians to improve equipment maintenance and uptime; and reactivating a large stock of abandoned medical equipment wasting away in public hospitals.
The ten selected government hospitals for the safe birth initiative include: Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, National Hospital, Abuja, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ado Bayero University Teaching Hospital, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and General Hospital, Alimosho, Lagos.