Coca-cola and Medshare donate N3 billion equipment to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital – The Sun Nigeria
The Coca Cola Company and its partner Medshare, together with the federal government, on Friday donated equipment worth N3 billion to Aminu Kano University Hospital in Kano as part of the Safe Birth initiative Initiative (SBI).
The equipment and supplies were officially unveiled and handed over at a special event held at Kano Hospital.
At the handover ceremony, the Managing Director of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Alfred Olajide, said the initiative aims to improve maternal outcomes and reduce infant mortality incidents.
“The Safe Birth initiative is part of the company’s wellness programme, to support the government’s efforts to reduce the alarming number of women and newborns dying from childbirth-related issues,” said he explained.
Olajide reaffirmed Coca Cola’s commitment to championing the health and well-being of women as pillars of society.
Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability, said that through the SBI, the company wants to support the tireless efforts of hardworking doctors, midwives and nurses.
She said health workers have battled through thick and thin in public hospitals to manage life-threatening complications affecting mothers and newborns.
“The issue of maternal mortality is very important to us. Overall, Coca-Cola is committed to women who we consider pillars of society and also pillars of our business in Africa, where they have always played a dominant role in our vast distribution and retail network” , she said.
She said the donated equipment included anesthesia machines, baby incubators, intensive care beds, ultrasounds and auto-clevs, among others.
Onyemelukwe added that the company, along with its partner, has trained more than 20,000 women and youth across the state on a series of transformative skills and knowledge programs.
The company has also presented certificates to biomedical engineers trained by the company in collaboration with Medshare International USA.
Professor Auwal Gajida, chairman of the hospital’s medical advisory board, which has pledged to use the items wisely, praised the company for the gesture.
He said the move would go a long way in improving maternal outcomes and reducing infant mortality incidents.
“I commend and thank the management of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited for this wonderful initiative to build our capacity to address the issue of maternal and newborn mortality in Nigeria.
“We are here today receiving loads of medical equipment worth $720,000,” Gajida added.
Alhaji Ado Kurawa, Tarauni District Chief who represented the Emir of Kano, praised the companies for their efforts to reduce incidents of infant mortality.
He urged other businesses and corporate organizations to emulate Coca-Cola. (NOPE)