The Nigerian Bottling Company, manufacturers of Coca-Cola, in partnership with Medshare International Inc, has unveiled plans to donate medical equipment worth over $10.8 million to some hospitals in furtherance of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the country. The company’s Public Affairs and Communication Director, Mr. Clem Ugorji, gave this hint during the formal handing over of maternal and neo-natal care equipment to Alimosho General Hospital, Lagos.
Mr. Ugorji said the donated medical equipment worth millions of naira to the hospital would help to reduce maternal and child death rates in the state. According to him, a 32-container load of hospital equipment, kits and supplies worth a total conservative value of about $10.8m (over N3.8bn) would be distributed to 14 government hospitals across the country.
Ugorji said out of the 14 hospitals, some equipment had been distributed to the Federal Hospital, Abuja, and the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta, Lagos.
Speaking during the safe birth initiative programme organised by Coca-Cola and Medshare at the hospital in Lagos, the spokesman explained that apart from the equipment donated to the Alimosho General Hospital Maternal and Child Centre (MCC), biomedical technicians were also trained on management and repair of the donated equipment, while old and abandoned equipment were also repaired. Ugorji, therefore, urged investors and business owners across the country to engage in partnership and collaboration with health facilities to reduce medical tourism.