NLNG Flags Off Hospital Support Programme
……….. Partners 6 teachings hospitals in phase 1
Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), has put pen tom paper with 6 teaching hospitals in Nigeria for the implementation of its multi-billion-naira Hospital Support Programme (NLNG HSP) in Nigeria
The Hospital Support Programme (HSP) is designed to boost the efficacy and empowerment in the medical sector, and the ability of the sector to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials of the NLNG said the idea is for the firm and its partners to significantly impact the healthcare system in Nigeria by improving the fitness status of the beneficiary medical facilities.
The project, which targets 12 hospitals from the six geographical zones in the country, and will be implemented in phases, include selected hospitals in first phase: Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos; University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada; Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Kano; and University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin.
Others are University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar; and Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Yenagoa.
NLNG managing director, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, signed on behalf of the firm, while the minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, represented by director, public private partnership and Diaspora unit, federal ministry of health, Dr. Omobolanle Rosemary Olowu; deputy managing director, NLNG, Engr. Sadeeq Mai-Bornu, members of NLNG’s extended management team and others, witnessed the signing ceremony.
NLNG spokesman, Andy Odeh, said the Hospital Support Programme was the company’s response to the pressure on the medical sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, the project would significantly impact the healthcare system in Nigeria by boosting the ability of the sector to confront the epidemic.
Odey said the NLNG Hospital Support Programme (HSP) is the second part of the national Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The first part was the University Support Programme (USP) for construction/rehabilitation of modern engineering laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge equipment in the Universities of Ibadan, Ilorin, Port-Harcourt, Maiduguri, Ahmadu Bello, and Nigeria, Nsukka. The USP project has since been completed.
By Chibisi Ohakah