Czech Republic, Adewunmi donate intensive care unit to Ogun State
Czech Republic and the Atunluse of Owu-Ijebu, Otunba Femi Adewunmi have collaborated to donate a fully-equipped intensive care unit (ICU) to the General Hospital, Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State.
The donation was made as part of the activities marking the official handover and commissioning of the 12-bed health facility valued at over N200 million in the state.
The ICU facility has, among other units, neonatal incubators for children born before their full-term, emergency and surgical theatre, isolation centre for adults and children, monitoring unit, decontamination room, maternity ward, paediatric and emergency, among others.
The Czech Republic Ambassador to Nigeria, said the donation was part of his country’s desire to assist Nigeria as it aspires to make quality healthcare easily accessible to Nigerians.
“This special event of donating the ICU equipment is, not only to help the Nigerian government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to assist in the treatment of other health issues. The project is a result of discussions between the Czech Republic and Nigeria – what Nigeria needs the most, what is not here, and what the Czech Republic can provide.”
The ambassador informed that the Czech Republic has made similar donations to two other states in the country at a cost of €1.2m.
In his own remarks, Adewunmi, who was represented at the event by his sister, Mrs Temitope Jemerigbe, said the decision to collaborate with the Czech Republic to deliver the ICU to Ijebu-Ife was borne out of the desire to deliver healthcare to the rural communities.
He said while most of the healthcare facilities in the rural areas of the state lack specialist equipment to treat patients who require intensive care attention, patients journey to the urban communities or the state capital to get the adequate attention that they need.