Coca-Cola Company yesterday said private public partnership (PPP) for sustainable impact remained crucial to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) in the country.
The Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola West Africa Business Unit, Clem Ugorji, who spoke at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebute Metta, Lagos during the donation of medical equipment, said such intervention will not only promote mother/child health but will reduce drastically their mortality rates.
Ugorji said the intervention named, Safe Birth Initiative (SBI), in conjunction with a United States (U.S.)-based group, MedShare International, included the provision of critical medical equipment in the delivery room, training of para-medical engineers to ensure that machines responded to emergencies by providing the tools and upgrading their skills; resuscitate broken down machines; and advocacy to educate mothers.
He said 13 other hospitals will benefit from the initiative and expressed gratitude to the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire for her patriotic role in getting the initiative onboard.
Also speaking the Chief Medical Director, FMC, Ebute Metta, Dr Adedamola Dada, said SBI will not only promote access but will also reduce the mother/infant mortality rate in the country. He said though information about the project came a little late, he nonetheless fought hard and commended the motherly role of Mrs Orelope-Adefulire who passionately supported the initiative which he said was needs-driven.
He said SBI did not just dump two conatainer load of medical equipment valued at $5000,000 each, he said personnel were trained, adding that 21 babies have been treated in the incubators provided by SBI while 321 babies and mothers have been brought safely.