THE Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH, Zaria, Kaduna State has become the beneficiary of 100 hospital beds valued at N48.5 million to equip its COVID-19 Treatment Centre.
The Emeka Offor Foundation, a non governmental organization, Wednesday, presented the donation in Zaria to the hospital management.
Chairman and Chief Executive of the Foundation, Sir Emeka Offor said the gesture was to support the hospital’s desire for a standard coronavirus treatment center.
According to him: “Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital approached the foundation with respect to COVID-19 assistance, we felt we should come in and assist.”
Offor’s Chief of Staff, retired AIG Chris Ezike, who represented him at the presentation, said the “in the last nine years, we have distributed books to universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and secondary schools in Nigeria and 18 other African countries valued at US$30 million.
“Ahmadu Bello University has been a beneficiary of our books distribution. This year, 2020, we decided to incorporate distribution of health, medical supplies and equipment.
He said the beds were to be imported from America but when the manufacturers informed us that, “we may not be able to receive the beds until 2021 because of pending orders, we became discovered that Kaduna Furniture Company can manufacture the beds.”
The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Prof. Kabir Bala thanked the Foundation for the gesture of Emeka Effor Foundation for finding ABUTH worthy of the donation.
Chief Medical Director (CMD), ABUTH, Prof. Hamidu Umdagas, said that the hospital does not have a centre for COVID-19 yet, but the hospital had successfully treated six out of the eight patients in the hospital.
Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Ministry of Health, Alhaji Shu’aibu Mahmud said the state’s journey for the control of COVID-19 started in partnership with ABUTH.
He called on the people to see the fight against the coronavirus as a collective responsibility of all regardless of any affiliation and emphasized “the need to ensure strict compliance with preventive measures for safety.”