From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Anon-governmental organization (NGO), Health for Life and Development Foundation (HELDEF), based in Zamfara state, yesterday provided drugs and hospital equipment worth millions of naira to hospitals and clinics, being intervention support to less privileged across the state.
Presenting the items at the Primary Healthcare (Sabon-Gari Clinic) Gusau, the state capital, the Executive Director HELDEF, Dr. Abubakar Danladi said, the organisation has decided to embark upon the donation in order to assist the community to alleviate suffering of the masses in terms of healthcare services in the state.
Dr Danladi said, the NGO is a non profit-making organisation intended to provide the intervention support of the drugs and other hospital equipment to clinics and sale to people at the subsidized rate in order to supplement the government’s effort in the provision of healthcare services in the state.
He maintained that the project embarked upon by the organisation has offered the gesture through making provision for the drugs and other hospital equipment to five piloting hospitals and Clinics within Gusau metropolis as beneficiaries, adding that the drugs provided would be on revolving funds, where they would be sold at subsidized rate and later return the money for the purchase of more drugs as a continuous exercise.
According to Dr. Danladi, among the items provided were drugs, delivery beds, baby respiratory equipment and storage cupboard, stressing that, ” This is just the beginning of collaboration between our organisation and Sabon-Gari Community and our support intervention actually is part of our own effort to complement the government’s effort in addressing the Maternal Mortality in the state”, said Dr. Danladi.
The Executive Director, while commending the state government on the improvement of healthcare services in the state, also called on the government to improve manpower that can serve adequately in all hospitals of the state.
He also called on the officials in charge of the hospitals and clinics that benefited from the gesture to judiciously use what they were provided with.
In her response, the officer in charge of Sabon-Gari Clinic, Hajiya Shafa’atu Abubakar, thanked the officials of the NGO for their foresight, effort and also assured them of judicious use of the items.