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Foundation calls for healthcare support, donates equipment to LASUTH

By Gloria Nwafor
25 November 2021   |   4:05 am
The Azeezat Olajumoke Gbenro Foundation (AOGF) has called for support of the Nigerian healthcare system for an improved service delivery.

The Azeezat Olajumoke Gbenro Foundation (AOGF) has called for support of the Nigerian healthcare system for an improved service delivery.

Board member, AOGF, Rasheed Gbenro, made the call when the foundation donated medical equipment for detecting sickle cell in new infacts to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

He said it was important for individuals and organisations to realise that they had to continually do this together for the improvement of healthcare generally.

He said the donation was made in memory of Olajumoke Azeezat Gbenro in whose name the foundation was created.

He described her as a generous person, who pursued charitable causes with a passion as she would constantly look out for an opportunity to be a blessing and gave generously to many, especially the less privileged.

Olajumoke, he said, was passionate about supporting those with health needs, especially those with sickle cell disease, a condition she battled with all her life till age 50 years.

He stressed that she got excellent care in the United Kingdom before she passed on and the foundation intends to extend same gesture to Nigerians.

He added that the donation was the second project the foundation is involved in and would continue to keep the legacy.

Receiving the items, Chief medical Director (CMD), LASUTH, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, who commended the foundation’s gesture, called on wealthy citizens to channel their finances towards tangible humanitarian services.

Fabamwo said the state government is investing funds in the hospital to ensure standards are maintained and quality and affordable healthcare services are offered.

He added that before now, whenever infants come for a Transcranial Doppler (TCD) test, they had to go to Idi-Araba, Yaba, Lagos, but the donation has provided the equipment in the facility, adding that the equipment would be of great service to the people.

Consultant Pediatrics Head, Ijeoma Akinwunmi, explained that the medical equipment donated; Gazelle machine is a great asset for detecting sickle cell in new born babies, which is a key to getting a good outcome for sickle cell anemia.