The Onikan Health Centre, Lagos, over the weekend, receiver new medical equipment from the National Lottery Trust Fund, as efforts to boost the healthcare services provided to athletes and other members of the society.
The National Lottery trust fund, noted that it provided the medical support to ensure that Nigerians from all strata of the society get quality health care without travelling out of the country.
Recall that the NLTF sponsored rising star athlete, Rosemary Chukwuma to the 2018 World Youth Olympics, where she won medals for the country in the 100 meters event. .
The fund also donated customised equipment in nine sports to over 2000 public primary schools in the 36 states and FCT.
According to its Executive Secretary, Dr. Bello Maigari, the organisation’s intervention is to deliver world-class vital medical facilities that is urgently required in the country.
“The Lottery Trust Fund saving provides high standard care not only to vulnerable pregnant women and children, but also to athletes and other patients seeking urgent medical interventions in Lagos State and its environs.
“We thank Onikan Health Centre and the Lagos State government for dedicating resources and time to make the event a reality. Our commitment to improve the health delivery in Lagos Island community remains our goal. We employ everybody to keep to government instructions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic by maintaining social distancing, washing hands frequently and wearing face masks,” he said.
Also speaking the Minister for Special Duties, Senator George Akume, who was represented by a top official at the ministry, urged the Lottery Trust Fund to extend the laudable interventions to other healthcare centres across the country and ensure the full monitoring and evaluation of the process in order to keep track of utilisation of the facilities.
“We know lottery as a wealth generator and its impact on the growth of the economy. Over the years, across jurisdictions, wealth generated from lottery has been used to transform societies through provision of infrastructural and other socio- economic development across the world to which Nigeria is not an exception,” he said.
The Medical Director of Onikan Medical Centre, Dr. Biyi Kufo, lauded the National Lottery Fund for the medical equipment, vowing that facilities would be distributed to the various departments in the hospital that require them.
The items donated to the centre include a cardiograph machine, phototherapy machine, remote control delivery beds, laboratory microscope and other essential medical equipment.
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