Eko Electricity Distribution Company has donated ventilators to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a unit of ventilator was handed over to the management of each of the health facilities by EKEDC on Thursday.
Adeoye Fadeyibi, Managing Director, EKEDC, said the donation of the ventilators to the hospitals was part of the DisCo’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities.
Fadeyibi, represented by the Company’s Chief Legal Officer, Wola Joseph, said EKEDC recognises the wellbeing of its customers and community as an important aspect of its business.
He said: “We recognise the importance of health and wellness; this is the reason it has become a major foundational pillar of our CSR and we are happy to declare that we have made significant contribution in this area.
“Today, we are pleased to, once again, demonstrate our commitment to the wellbeing of our people, by donating this set of ventilators to provide support for patients who have breathing difficulty due to severe or critical illness.
“This donation, therefore, is a demonstration of our support for government’s effort to improve the healthcare sector, provide quality, accessible healthcare to the people.”
According to Fadeyibi, it will also help to develop the capacity to manage emerging challenges in the health sector.
He said: “In our country’s fight against COVID-19, ventilators have been established as one of the most important medical equipment, we are confident that today’s donation will go a long way to enhance government’s intervention in this area.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that we all need to work together with government as a collective to win the fight against COVID-19 which has impaired social and economic activities.
“We are hopeful that the ventilators will be maximised and deployed effectively.”
Receiving the ventilator, Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa, Director of Clinical Services and Training, LASUTH, said it was an important equipment needed to care for critical patients.
Mustafa while thanking EKEDC for the gesture, said the DisCo displayed magnanimity by extending the donation to LASUTH even when the health facility was outside its area of operation.
“I want to assure you that this ventilator you have given us will be put to good use for the benefit of humanity,” he said.
The DisCo had earlier presented the ventilator for LUTH before coming to LASUTH.