Adeyemi’s healthy touch in Kogi
BY CHARLES KUMOLU
With the National Assembly drawn in battle with the executive over the execution of the 2012 constituency projects, Senator Smart Adeyemi moves to bridge the gap in equipment and consumables in Kogi hospitals.
GIVEN the dispute over the implementation of constituency projects in the 2012 budget, the people of Kogi West Senatorial District may have a reason for cheer.
Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing the constituency in the Senate, has been able to mobilise health equipment and consumbales worth more than N100 million for the facilities in the district.
Using the platform of a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, the Kingstone Charity Organisation, KCO, the equipment and consumables were recently presented to the people as a mark of the Senator’s identity with the health challenges of the people.
The event in Kabba, was a watershed for the people of Kogi West, given that it appeared to have signalled the beginning of a new dawn in their health sector.
Speaking during the presentation, Senator Adeyemi who is also Chairman of KCO, stated that the donation was informed by the dire need for a proper healthcare system in the state.
He said that having toured round the state during his campaigns, he discovered that many were dying because of past neglect of the health sector.
he medical equipment donated by Adeyemi
Adeyemi maintained that instead of waiting on the Federal Government’s Millennium Development Goals,MDGs, programmes to perform similar function, he embarked on the project as a personal sacrifice.
“The equipment were not donated to us, we bought them through the efforts of the NGO, which I chair and this is a way of appreciating my people in the rural areas, who gave me their mandate to serve. I believe health is wealth and I have seen many medical centres lacking basic medical equipment for diagnosis and even blood pressure measuring devices, not to talk of syringes and equipment for anesthesia.
I believe that I must do all I can to augment the efforts of the State and Federal Governments and other philanthropic organizations towards improving the health of Kogi West people and the entire Kogi State,” he said.
Giving further insight into the largesse, Administrative Officer of the NGO Barrister Bola Demokun, described the equipment and consumables as all brand new products which were paid for instalmentally from the manufacturers in the United States.
She said, “the distinguished Senator, who is the Chairman of the NGO, approved the installment payment for the goods during a visit to the United States in 2009. He told us the magnitude of the equipment and declared his seriousness to get the project executed to the letter.”
Demokun further disclosed that the equipments would soon be distributed to all hospitals in the three senatorial districts in the state.
“As you can see, the contents of the containers are enormous, the design is that all hospitals in Kogi are made to benefit from this gesture so that the basic items will no longer be the cause of deaths in our various hospitals,” she added.
A look into a 15-page document which detailed the various equipment, revealed the availability of various items in different fields of medicine.
The list indicated: “various categories of Catheters suction14fr; catheters suction 16fr and other types of Catheters in over 1,000 packs, 6,000 packs of universal bed covers and convertors; breathing system connectors; cervical collars of different ranges; catheters urinary Foley of different types; more than 10,000 disposable seat covers; defibrators/ pacemakers; adult disposable diapers; drainage bags; surgical items including disposable drapes; dressing foams and dressing petrolatulum among others.”
Others are; ‘’over 500 packs of assorted abdominal pads; absorbent solidifying agents; adult easy cap adapters; Esophageal tranchea, single and compatible; assorted amnu bags; blood gas analyzers; airways Nasopharyngeal 28frkn; applicators, cholarep applicators; general purpose aprons; aspiration collection canisters (assorted) and Patient tote bags.”
There are also “dental ejectors; eye ware safety plastics; feeding tubes; filters, heaters and moisture exchangers; thoracic cartherters; gauge dressings of different sizes numbering over 15,000; gloves , chemotherapy exam, pf medium kn, disposable gowns; exam powder gloves small and large; infusion pumps(PCA) and many more.
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