The UBA Foundation, the corporate social platform of United Bank for Africa Plc, has reaffirmed its commitment to the development of the nation’s health sector, especially in improving and contributing to the reduction in infant mortality rate in the country.
The foundation recently donated incubators to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu; and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, as part of its campaign to give as many premature babies as possible a chance of living.
A statement by the bank quoted the Managing Director of the foundation, Ms. Ijeoma Aso, as saying that the bank placed high priority on the health sector and that the donation to the hospitals was in fulfilment of its key objective of improving the lives and well being of the communities where the UBA had presence.
The donation of the Incubators, she said, “Is an ongoing project of the foundation with more teaching hospitals across the country lined up to benefit from the gesture.”
The chief medical directors of both institutions, according to the statement, described the UBA Foundation’s donation as a laudable and innovative gesture.
It quoted the Acting Medical Director of the UNTH, Mr. Obinna Onodugo, as saying, ‘’Some of our old incubators in the hospital were purchased as far back as 1972, which is 41 years ago, even some of our consultants here were not born then. So, you can see why we are very grateful to the UBA for this wonderful gesture.”
He commended the UBA for the kind gesture, noting that this would go a long way in increasing the survival chances of babies born with health challenges requiring the use of incubators.
His counterpart at the AKTH, Professor Aminu Mohammed, described the donation as timely, adding that it would go a long way in reducing infant mortality in the country.
“We assure the UBA that this gesture will be well utilised as we have a culture of maintaining our equipment,” he said.UBA affirms commitment to health sector by ngcareers