Coca-Cola Nigeria donates Medicare equipment to Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lagos on Monday, April 15, as part of its plans to stem the high maternal and neonatal deaths in the country.
According to the National Demographics and Health Survey (NDHS, 2013), Nigeria loses as many as 576 women per 100,000 childbirths and 37 newborn deaths per 1,000 live birth.
By the 2013 data, the country ranks amongst the worst ratios for both maternal and newborn deaths globally.
Coca-Cola medicare equipment donation done in the presence of dignitaries was described by Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire “as a great support for the achievement of goal three (3) of the SDGs – good health and wellbeing for all”.
Orelope-Adefulire was represented by Head Sectors, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs), Dr. Yahaya Hamza who noted that the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs is working assiduously to provide strategic guidance on the implementation of the SDGs in Nigeria.
The SSA also described the equipment donation of the Medicare Equipment which are for vital life-saving, the Safe Birth Initiative as a great support for the achievement of goal three (3) of the SDGs – good health and wellbeing for all”.
Orelope- Adefulire called for more private sector actors to follow Coca-Cola’s example in supporting Nigeria’s development aspirations.
Prior to the medicare equipment donation, the foremost beverage company had trained a number of hospital equipment Engineers and providers who would be handling the equipment in the 15 major public hospitals across the country.
The hospitals were recommended by the Federal Ministry of Health as part of the Public Private Partnership Initiative (PPPI) of the government and will receive hospital equipment, kits and supplies worth a total conservative value of about $10.8 million, i.e. over N3.8 billion.
Coca-Cola’s Safe Birth Initiative is an intervention that aims to tackle the high rate of maternal and newborn deaths in Nigeria by focusing on supporting doctors and nurses to achieve successful birth outcomes by strengthening the capacity of target public hospitals in three critical areas including: the procurement of vital maternal and neonatal medical equipment and supplies to enable safe deliveries and post-delivery emergency care; 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 Coca-Cola Medicare equipment was formally handed over at a special event at the FMC and witnessed by Chairman, Board of Management, FMC Alhaji Ishola Balogun Fulani, Director, Biomedical Engineering and Training, Eben Armstrong, and Director, Family health and Nutrition, Lagos State Ministry of Health Dr. Folashade Oludara who represented Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris and the Chief Medical Director, (CMD), Dr Adedamola Dada.
Speaking at the occasion, Coca-Cola West Africa Public Affairs & Communications Director Mr Clem Ugorji, said, “Through the Safe Birth Initiative, we are pleased to be able to donate vital equipment to aid the work currently being done to safeguard the lives of mothers and babies here at Federal medical Centre, Ebute-Metta and the 14 other hospitals that will receive donations as part of the first phase of the Safe Birth Initiative.”
According to Ugiorji, “Active and intentional collaboration between members of the private and public sector is key to transforming healthcare in Nigeria. We commend the good work our doctors and nurses are doing but recognise that there is a limit to what they can do without the critical equipment required for effective diagnosis, testing and treatment”.
The CMD, Dr Dada in his words of appreciation commended the foremost beverage company for the intervention noting that since the hospital received some of the SBI equipment it has been able to save about N10m in medical and administrative costs.
According to Dada, “We have also recorded and supported 21 premature births with the newly-installed incubators; 321 mothers and babies have been brought home alive; and 46,000 other patients have benefitted in some way from the SBI initiative.
“Coca-Cola has also ensured the sustainability of the programme and equipment, making sure we have adequate engineering capacity on ground, through the training of our engineers, for preventive maintenance.”
Since initiating the programme 20 biomedical engineering technicians have completed an intensive two-week capacity training focused on improving equipment maintenance and uptime.
The technicians, who came from 10 leading medical institutions across the country, comprising university hospitals, federal medical centres and general hospitals, were trained by US-based Engineering World Health (EWH) at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.
The first set of consignments of Coca-Cola medicare equipment were unveiled at the official launch of the SBI at the National Hospital last November.