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 Etisalat Donates Equipment To Boost Maternal Healthcare In Ondo

Afolabi Idowu

Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat, has donated infant and maternal healthcarekits and equipment to the OndoState Government towards the reduction of infant and maternal mortality and improving quality healthcare in the state.

The kits and equipment comprises 250 units of Mother and New-born Delivery Kits, 5 units of Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) systems with trolleys, 5 units of laptop computers with interpretative software for the ECG/EKG systems, and 18 units of Android tablets for conducting fieldwork and research on infant/maternal mortality in the state.

Etisalat in partnership with Instrat Global Health Solutions handed over the items to top officials of the Ondo State Ministry of Health in Akure, the state capital.

Speaking while handing over the equipment, Director, Regulatory and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Etisalat Nigeria, Ikenna Ikeme said Etisalat is committed to sustainable development and is proud to support initiatives that will help Nigeria to realize its developmental goals. He disclosed that health is one of Etisalat’s core Corporate Social Responsibility platforms while the others are Education and Environment.

“As a brand that constantly seeks to promote improved and healthy lifestyle within our host communities, we have aligned our Corporate Social Responsibility interventions with the Sustainable Development Goals, so as to positively contribute to the set global objectives”, he said.

Ikeme said further that Etisalat is passionate about reduction in infant and maternal mortality prevalence in Nigeria, and revealed that through its M-health initiative, Etisalat has significantly supported efforts to control and eliminate maternal and infant mortality across the country.

“One of such examples is our partnership in a consortium comprising Qualcomm Incorporated, Vecna Charitable Trust and Instrat Global Health Solutions, that has developed electronic medical record systems for clinics. Using the Etisalat 3G internet service, this project has been implemented in three states within the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)”, he added.

“This remarkable multilateral partnership has enabled midwives from the programmeto record patient data at the point of care, removing the toil of physical records and paper notebooks; and has also eliminated the requirement for regional health officers to travel around to review the accuracy of reports on data collated”.

Receiving the infant and maternal healthcare kits and equipment on behalf of Ondo State Commissioner for Health, the Chairman, Ondo State Hospital Management Board, Dr. NiranOkunrinboye expressed appreciation to Etisalat Nigeria for the support and enthused that the equipment would positively impact on the healthcare system in Ondo State.

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