Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (NLNG) reports that Phase 1 of its multi-billion naira Hospital Support Programme (NLNG HSP) to improve healthcare delivery has begun to be inaugurated.
This was stated in a statement made on Friday in Lagos by Andy Odeh, General Manager of External Relations and Sustainable Development at NLNG.
Odeh reported that the company opened a maternity centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada.
As part of the first phase of its HSP program, he added, the company would also open new intensive care units (ICUs) at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) in 2022.
According to him, the NLNG HSP targeted 12 hospitals from the six geographical regions of the nation, and six hospitals were chosen in the first phase.
“Other projects in the first phase due for commissioning in early 2023 include an Occupational Therapy and Neuromodulation Rehabilitation Centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH).
“An Obstetrics & Gynecology Ward at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and a Neurosurgical & Stroke Centre at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH),” he said.
Dr Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, praised NLNG during the commissioning of the maternity centre for their partnership and dedication to improving the quality of healthcare in the nation.
According to Osagie, the idea of universal health coverage was supported by NLNG's donation of a Modern Maternity and Child Center to UATH.
In order to close gaps in healthcare delivery, he also urged the sector to form more partnerships.
Speaking further about NLNG's dedication to the hospital assistance programme, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, MD of NLNG, stated that the initiative was created as a result of the company's COVID-19 involvement and its worry over the mounting pressure on the nation's healthcare facilities.
He said the project's objective was to improve the tertiary healthcare delivery system in 12 teaching hospitals across the nation's six geopolitical zones, with corresponding effects on medical research and the retention of local medical talent.
“First hand, we have seen how investment in the health sector can change the face of healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
“We contributed significantly to fighting COVID-19 through the NNPC and other oil and gas industry partners by donating numerous intensive care medical equipment to medical facilities across the country.
“At the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, for instance, the equipment came in handy for the successful separation of a set of conjoined twins.
“This feat brought us at NLNG a lot of satisfaction as we saw the impact that our donation made in the lives of those innocent children and others who would utilise the equipment.
“We believe we can expand this impact by investing more in facilities across the country,” he said.
In order to define NLNG's intervention area for each of the selected teaching hospitals, Mshelbila stated that each facility in the programme was based on the findings of needs studies that were carried out in partnership with the respective hospitals.
The second component of NLNG's national Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project, according to him, is the NLNG HSP.
He said that the University Support Programme (USP), which was since finished, was the initial component. Its goal was to build or renovate cutting-edge engineering laboratories in six institutions.
“The newly commissioned UATH Maternity Centre consists of a 10-bed delivery suite, a 10-bed post-natal ward, two operating theatres and 10-bed Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).
“Others are: consulting rooms, doctors and nurses’ rooms, a laboratory, a pharmacy, medical records office, a Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) system, an Ultrasound scan room and other administrative offices.
“The other six university teaching hospitals to benefit from the HS Programme in Phase Two in 2023 through 2024 include Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi.
“The others are Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH); Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi; Federal Medical Centre, Asaba; University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH); and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) in Rivers State,” he added.
Dr B.O. Alonge, Director of Hospital Services, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, Olalekan Ogunleye, Deputy Managing Director of NLNG, and Professor Bissallah Ekele, Chief Medical Director of UATH, are among the dignitaries present at the ceremony.
Others include Yusuf Tanko Sununu, chairman of the House of Representatives health committee, and Senator Betty Apiafi, chair of the Senate's committee on women's issues.
Nigerian National Petroleum Company (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), TotalEnergies Gaz & Electricite Holdings (15%), and Eni International N.A. N. V. S.àr.l. are the shareholders of NLNG, a joint venture owned by the federal government (10.4 per cent).