All is set for staff of Ecobank Nigeria to “Walk Against Cancer” this Saturday October 5th, being part of activities to mark the Ecobank Day 2019. Ecobank Day is a special day set aside every year by Ecobank Group, for the management and staff of the bank to embark on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities that impacts its immediate environment and people. The initiative encapsulates Ecobank desire to give back to the local communities where it does business through volunteering, donating or fundraising. The theme for this year’s edition is “Preventing Non Communicable Diseases” with special focus on “Cancer Awareness”. Ecobank day holds simultaneously in 36 countries in Africa where the bank operates.
In his message, the Chief Risk Officer, Ecobank Nigeria, Biyi Olagbami, who is also the CSR lead, said the choice of this year’s theme is to further raise awareness on non-communicable diseases, particularly the dreaded cancer which is currently ravaging millions of people globally as early detection would help save many lives. He noted that staff of the bank and other interested members of the public will this Saturday embark on 5km cancer awareness walk in three key cities – Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
According to Mr Olagbami , “there would be special fund raising that will be subsequently donated to a local cancer treatment centre. Also there will be health talk by cancer specialists and speeches and testimonies from cancer survivors amongst other activities lined up for the day.
Further, he noted that Ecobank Day in Nigeria had supported a variety of causes ranging from malaria prevention, improvement of education standard in some of the most deprived areas and promotion of safe water for healthy life, among others.
Ecobank Nigeria has made significant strides in its CSR activities in recent times. Lately the bank embarked on the removal of non- biodegradable elements particularly plastic bottles from the streets of Lagos. The initiative, which is still on-going, has generated commendations, recognitions and goodwill from government officials, corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals.
Ecobank Nigeria had in May, informed Lagos residents to exchange plastic bottles for cash at designated locations across the state. The collectors are incentivized with N30 for every kilogram plastic bottle picked. A set target to remove 4 million was agreed. So far, the bank has successfully removed over 2 million plastic bottles in exchange for cash. Also a week tagged ‘Ecobank sustainability week was set aside during which symposia were organized for secondary schools’ students to create awareness on tackling plastic wastes and other environmental issues.
Alpha Mead To Boost Access To Healthcare With Modular Healthcare Facility
To accelerate access to quality healthcare for all Nigerians, Alpha Mead Healthcare Management Services, a subsidiary of the Alpha Mead Group will on Wednesday, June 23, launch a state-of-the-art Modular Healthcare Facility (MHF) at the Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada, Lagos.
“The MHF is a customised, mobility-enhanced, prefabricated portacabin with detachable modules equipped with state-of-the-art clinical and diagnostic equipment that is designed to take quality healthcare services to the doorstep of all Nigerians”, said Femi Akintunde, Group Managing Director, Alpha Mead Group.
Speaking on Wednesday, June 16 at a media interaction ahead of the launch of the MHF, Akintunde, an Engineer, explained that after a successful pilot of the company’s foray into Healthcare at Gbagada General Hospital, and Lagos University Teaching (LUTH), the need to make quality healthcare accessible to more Nigeria became even more pressing.
“So we went back to the drawing board. We noted that some of the issues slowing down the government and private sector programmes in making healthcare accessible for all are; how long it takes to set up a healthcare facility, inadequate amount of healthcare workers, lack of the required equipment and sometimes; even the terrain or location where these healthcare facilities will be constructed”
“To address these issues, we came up with the Modular Healthcare Facility (MHF). The whole idea of the MHF is to aggressively drive the penetration of healthcare facilities in Nigeria by reducing the construction timeline of a healthcare facility to less than 30 days – saving the time lost to design, construction, equipment installation and commissioning of regular brick and mortar healthcare facilities, which sometimes run into years”.
He noted that to address the issue of inadequate medical practitioners, particularly doctors in the rural areas or crisis zones, the MHF was designed to leverage technology to connect patients with medical doctors anywhere through its telemedicine facilities.
According to him, the MHF provides the right healthcare equipment that meets the minimum standard for each class of the healthcare segment – primary, secondary and tertiary and reduces the dependency of the healthcare facility on public utility by running on efficient and clean utility systems such as solar power, bio-digester sewage system, etc.
In his presentation, Kunle Omidiora, Managing Director, Alpha Mead Healthcare & Management Services (AMHS), the subsidiary of Alpha Mead promoting the MHF said the product is coming to bridge the widening gap in access to quality healthcare in Nigeria.
Omidiora commented: “from whatever lens one chooses to view the challenges with the healthcare sector in Nigeria today; whether financial, personnel, equipment, systems or technologies; the biggest challenge with Nigeria’s healthcare sector is that of access to quality healthcare”.
“This challenge is costing our nation a great deal. For example, a USAID report noted that Nigeria shoulders up to 10% of the global disease burden. The report noted further that this situation is caused by lack of access to quality healthcare facilities and workers, particularly in the rural areas”.
He further noted that the challenge can be further put in context when squared against 2019 data from Nigeria Health Facility Register (NHFR).
“According to the report, Nigeria has 40,345 registered hospitals and clinics to serve the 201 million population. This simply implies that one healthcare facility is responsible for an estimated five million Nigerians”, Omidiora explained.
“The problem is even more compounded with data from WHO report revealing that only a quarter of Nigeria’s primary healthcare facilities have more than 25% of the minimum equipment package. One, therefore, does not need to wonder why Nigeria loses over 1 billion dollars to medical tourism, has one of the world highest infant mortality rates, and why prevalence of medical errors in Nigeria is on the rise”.
He explained that this huge gap is what the MHF intends to bridge; noting that the MHF is equipped with Radiology Information System, Picture Archiving Communication System (RISPACS), Enterprise Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Telehealth infrastructure for real-time reporting of investigation and remote consultation.
Tackling Sickle Cell Anemia: EMBASSY FOUNDATION Sets To Assist Patients in 16 LG in Kwara
In a bid to make life better for people living with Sickle Cell Anemia, Embassy Foundation, a non-governmental organization that is saddled with the responsibilities of putting smile on the faces of patients has unveiled its plan for 16 local government in Kwara State.
According to the coordinator of the foundation, Mr.Tunji Abdullahi Ojolowo, he said the Foundation was willing to support the patients in terms of Test, prevention, treatment and drugs distribution to the affected people in the state.
Mr.Tunji Ojolowo said this during the Foundation courtesy visit to the commissioner of health, Dr. Raji Rasaq, he said the Foundation started its awareness and sensitization on the deadly disease since last year in Ilorin Kwara State after the discovery of COVID 19 in Nigeria, and since then the foundation has been distributing drugs and foods to the registered patients particularly in Ilorin metropolis.
He stressed further that the foundation has decided to take its campaign to the 16 Local Government of the State starting from June 2021
Ojolowo said people living with Sickle Cell Anemia disease can face multitude of challenges in the process of managing their condition, treatments right from birth and it would continue for a lifetime, while spending so much causing undue financial obligation on patients and their families.
When speaking on the Foundation’s new program, the Germany based founder and President of the NGO Mr. Razaq Ayo Ojolowo said, “We are excited that Embassy Foundation will provide much needed help to individuals living with Sickle Cell anemia during this difficult time.
It is our great pleasure that we are partnering with Sickle Cell Foundation here in Germany to support the Sickle Cell Community in Nigeria and to also reach out to as many patients as possible most especially in rural areas where there is no availability of good health care facilities.”
Embassy Foundation was established in 2015 to support the founder’s youngest son, Bolaji Ojolowo who is a Sickle Cell Anemia patient and other children that are in the same fate.
Since it’s establishment, it has organized various programmes that includes the following;, Sensitization/awareness, treatments, distribution of drugs, foods and relief materials to patients most especially during COVID-19 pandemic. Embassy Foundation contacts are ccefoundation.com and email@example.com
Over 100 individuals Enjoyed free medical check in Lagos
Over a hundred people have benefited from a free medical test during the last yuletide season at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, The great turn around parish Igbogbo, ikorodu, Lagos.
The free healthcare service was co-sponsored by Impact Energy & Logistics Limited.
Impact Energy & logistics Limited was Established in 2012 to take advantage in Key sectors of the Nigerian Economy namely energy, petroleum and logistics.The company recently ventured into Agriculture,security services and general commercial
The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Dare Osamo said, the gesture was part of the company’s CSR in giving back to the society, “because the company believes it is one of the most effective ways it can reach back to the community drawing from it’s limited resources.
“The company organized the medical test on the firm belief that health is wealth, also considering that many people do not take their health seriously.”
Mr Dare Osamo urged the people to take seriously, instructions given them by medical experts at the free healthcare programme while also projecting that the company will embark on more Charity work in the year 2021.
The Pastorate of the church appreciated Impact Energy & logistics limited for the kind gesture and advised other corporate organization to emulate it.
TAGS: Impact Energy & Logistics Limited, RCCG, Energy, logistics, Petroleum, Agriculture, Dare Osamo, CSR
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