Adeboye donates more essential medical supplies in fight against COVID-19
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E.A Adeboye, yesterday donated 200,000 hand gloves, 8,000 Hand Sanitizers, and 8,000 Surgical Face Masks and one ventilator to support the efforts of the Lagos state government in equipping the medical staff with the necessary protective gears needed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
While presenting the donations at the Mainland Hospital, formerly Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Assistant General Overseer Admin/Personnel of the RCCG, Pastor Johnson Funsho Odesola said ”We commend the sacrifices that all medical personnel are taking at this time, the church continues to pray for them as they give their sacrifice of love even as the RCCG as a church agrees that combating COVlD-19 is by no means work for all”.
On the donation, Odesola said, “We feel that we should be part of the solution so, we put these together as part of global support in the fight against Coronavirus. In order for us also to join forces to fight this pandemic. We have over 10 million congregants in Nigeria and within us as an organization, we have made arrangements to be able to give back to our members in various houses, to give them food, especially this time when majority are to stay home. This donation of medical supplies is in addition to other supports given by the RCCG to the Nigerian health sector, ahead of the Coronavirus pandemic, the RCCG delivered on its commitment to strengthen and support the Nigerian healthcare system with the donation of 11 ICU beds fully fitted with Ventilators in Lagos, Ogun and Plateau states to contribute to improvement of healthcare facilities in Nigeria which is now found to be very useful as the government works round the clock to curtail COVID-19 pandemic.
He added, “the first ICU attached to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Lagos was delivered in 2017 In 2019 the ICU in Jos Specialist Hospital, Plateau and an Ultra-Modern Intensive Care Unit at the RCCG Health Center, Mowe, Ogun State were both delivered and fully functional to address the immediate health needs of Nigerians and host communities. These lCUs across three states In Nigeria; Lagos, Plateau and Ogun States can now fully support treatments for confirmed Coronavirus cases particularly those requiring ventilators to aid their respiration.
“In addition to the ICUs, several other projects have been executed over the years in the areas of education, skills acquisition and daily feeding programme that has fed over 60 million people in the past one year, the church continues to live within its expectation as a church that truly understands its Christian Social Responsibilities (CSR); this is a confirmation of the broadness of minds and reach of the church.
“RCCG, through its CSR arm has been heavily concerned about the loss of lives due to inadequate healthcare facilities in the country and as provided various health intervention including medical mission outreach for thousands of people all over the nation with 230,538 beneficiaries. Healing Stripes Hospital provides affordable medical care, among others.
On his part, Epidemiologist with the Lagos State Ministry of Health and Incident Manager, Lagos State Emergency Operation Centre for COVID-19 Response, Dr. Ismail Abdus-Salam “people should know that COVID-19 is real and take the necessary precaution the government is giving on the Radio, Newspapers, Televisions. Our risk communication and social mobilization unit are doing their work. We appreciate the efforts of the RCCG for these donations; it is indeed very timely. We need the support of every Nigerians and the Lagos State government is doing a lot so also the Federal Ministry of Health. We hope at the end of the day, this will go a long way to assist us in fighting the virus.