By: Onifade Bello A.
A Medical Surplus Recovery Organisation, MedShare, states that it has in the last 20 years donated more than $40 million worth of new medical supplies and biomedical equipment to strengthen Nigeria’s healthcare systems.
The U.S.-based non-profit organization disclosed this through the Vice-President, International Development, Nell Diallo, at the Nigeria Day at Atlanta to celebrate MedShare 20 years of strengthening healthcare in Nigeria.
Ms Diallo stated that “MedShare has supported over 150 hospitals in Nigeria and improved maternal and child health, primary care and infectious disease control and prevention in Nigeria’s healthcare facilities. Our Biomedical Equipment Training and Repair Service has donated more than 4,500 pieces of state-of-the-art biomedical equipment and more than 1,050 electric hospital beds.”
According to Ms Diallo, MedShare has focused more on the 19 Northern states because of inadequate medical access and healthcare facilities in those states; noting that all the northern states and the Federal Capital Territory have benefitted from the charity organisation.
Meanwhile, southern states have also been beneficiaries of the organization’s medical supports. Some of these states include Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Osun, Oyo, Lagos, Enugu and Abia. Specifically, the beneficiary hospitals are Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Enugu State University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Lagos State University, and Jos University Teaching Hospitals as well as the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospitals.
President and Chief Executive Officer of MedShare, Charles Redding, expressed his pleasure that Nigeria has been one of its long-standing partners that it looked to strengthen healthcare system around the world.
Mr Redding said: “And I say that with the recognition that Nigeria is a very large country thus the need is very large. So if we look collectively, the impact we’ve had around the world with out shipment of medical supplies and equiipment, Nigeria has received the most of those shipments. We certainly estimate that we’ve touched the lives of over two million Nigerians over the last 20 years. So we are very proud of the partnership, the openness and the community to want to work with us and to support our ongoing efforts to improve healthcare facilities around the world.”
The Atlanta-based organisation collects and distributes medical products to qualified healthcare facilities in medically-undeserved communities around the world on an on-going basis. It has been named a “Four Star Charity” for the 13th consecutive year by Charity Navigator.
Noting that MedShare has collected over $207 million worth of lifesaving medical supplies and equipment, Mr Redding said it has helped over 19 million patients in over 100 countries and territories. He, therefore, advised Nigerian state governors and other well-to-do individuals to take advantage of the opportunity to offset their healthcare budgets and facilitate the equipping of Nigeria’s hospitals through the organisation.
The 20th event was attended by prominent personalities like Kayode Laro, Nigeria’s Consul-General in Atlanta, his wife, Consul of Information and Economics, Innocent Iwejuo, members of Nigerian community organisations in the US and of the Nigerian diaspora.