The Ogun State Government says it received a donation of medical equipment worth N194m from the Czech Republic.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kunle Somorin, disclosed this in a statement made available to Financial Street on Tuesday.
The equipment include 15 intensive care unit beds, an incubator, children cribs, a generator and a phototherapy machine.
According to Somorin, the Czech Ambassador to Nigeria, Marek Skolil, while handing the equipment to Governor Dapo Abiodun, recounted his country’s delight to support and partner Ogun, particularly in the area of health development.
Skolil added that his government was bringing an ICU centre to help the state develop its healthcare sector.
Commending the Czech government for its donation, Abiodun said, “I am glad that at a time when we needed you the most, you chose to support us as a state and a country by extension.
“I want to personally appreciate that gesture of donating 15 ICU beds, an incubator, children cribs, a generator and a phototherapy machine to us in Ogun State. We appreciate your kind gesture; the equipment is estimated at $47,000. This donation is deeply appreciated.”
The governor also used the occasion to seek Czech’s collaborations in the area of engineering and air surveillance for the state.
“We know you are quite experienced in the area of engineering, infrastructure and agriculture; those are areas I am so optimistic we can collaborate on. We are looking to deploy air surveillance across the state in terms of using drones. We can also collaborate in this area, as we see security as an important part of our administration,” Abiodun said.
He said his administration also awaits the Czech government to deliver on its promise to donate ambulances to the state.
“We are anxiously waiting for those ambulances you promised us. When we assumed office, there were only five ambulances in the state. Today, we have 20 ambulances. I think somebody else is donating about maybe five, six ambulances sometime this week, so, we have about 26. We aim to have about 35 to 40 ambulances because we want to have one ambulance per state constituency and we have 26 of such constituencies.
“We want to provide enough ambulances to make that operational; we are providing ambulances in the primary health care centres, tricycle ambulances for pregnant women in that neighbourhood. We are rehabilitating the centres so that they give our people the confidence. At the end of this month, we should have about a hundred of those in place, which is about five per local government. We are hoping to do 236 between now and the end of next year.
“We are hoping that once we have our primary health care centres in place, we can launch our health care insurance programme as well,” Abiodun added.
Get real time update about this post categories directly on your device, subscribe now.