15 July 2015, Calabar – The Niger Delta Development Commission on Tuesday gave hospital equipment worth N35m to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in Calabar, Cross River State.
The equipment included 15 mobile patient trolleys, 30 patient examination couch, 13 wheel chairs, 25 sphygmanometer, 28 stethoscopes, 30 mobile bed screening, 15 hospital beds, 30 executive office chairs, 50 large waste bins, 10 major and minor surgical sets, among others.
Speaking during the donation of the equipment, member representing Cross River State in the board of the NDDC, Mr. Paul Adah, said the gesture was in response to critical interventions in hospitals in the region.
He said as a region that provided revenue for the country, there was a need for intervention in critical areas in health institutions to meet the challenges of residents of the zone.
Adah, who was received by the Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Dr. Thomas Agan, and the hospital’s Director of Administration, Prof. Archibong Archibong, urged the Federal Government to provide more funds to the commission to meet the yearnings of the people of the region.
He said, “Since inception, the Niger Delta Development Commission has remained determined and committed to the people of the region. This is because the region provides revenue for the country and if the people are restive due to infrastructural challenges, it affects the Federal Government.
“Hospitals in the region need critical intervention and it is for that reason that we have responded to some critical areas of needs. What we have committed in meeting these needs in UCTH is to the tune of N35m.
“Although our major challenge is lack of enough funds to carry out our projects, we are optimistic that with the change mantra of the present administration, things will get better.”
Responding to the gesture, the hospital’s CMD said the donated equipment has provided succour for the institution that had been battling to change obsolete tools.
While noting that some other corporate organisations had also come to the hospital’s aid, Agan stressed that the task of replacing obsolete equipment in the health institution still required more attention from well-meaning individuals and bodies.
“Some of the things we have here when we moved from our old site are obsolete. This gesture by NDDC is a great relief. You know that federal allocation is dwindling, so, we call for the support of corporate bodies to help change some of the equipment,” he said.