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World Health Day: NAS Donate Medical Equipment to Hospital in A’Ibom

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The National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Pyrates Confraternity, Eket Chapter has donated medical equipment to Cottage Hospital in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

The President of the association, Mr Paul Ike, who donated the medical equipment on Thursday in Ibeno, said the donation was in commemoration to mark the 2021 World Health Day (WHD).

Ike said that the gesture was to support and encourage the front-line health workers at Cottage Hospital, a secondary health facility owned by the state government.

iReporters report that the theme of the 2021 WHD was “Building a fairer, healthier world”.

He said that the medical equipment donated includes: Sphygmomanometer, face mask, surgical wears, sanitisers, soaps, disinfectants among others.

Ike commended the front-line health workers for the various roles they had played in ensuring that adequate medical attention was given to those in need in the grassroots.

He explained that many do not understand the risk undertaken by the medical personnel’s in the secondary health institutions, particularly those within the local area where the demand for adequate medical services was on the rise.

He noted that not everyone that have access to tertiary health facility, but the primary and secondary health facility was closer to the people hence, the need to appreciate those who stand in the gap, risking their lives to quell the high medical demands.

“We appreciate what you are doing, and hope that our little contribution will go a long way to motivate and encourage others to do more,” Ike said.

Ike noted that he was aware that the cottage hospital undertakes surgical operations, saying that surgical operations was a feat appreciable as it provides succor to those in need of surgical operations in the graasroots.

“I am aware that the hospital undertake surgical operations, this is commendable,” he added.

Also speaking, the Medical Director of the association , Dr. Kalu Anya stated that NAS in their own way was supporting humanity to alleviate endangering situations around the world.

Anya said NAS appreciates the risk the health workers take in the area of their job descriptions in the cottage hospital which was the reason they had decided to identify with the management of the hospital.

In his remarks, the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr. Udeme Ette thanked NAS for their kind gesture and promised to used the equipment judiciously.

Ette said the hospital was pleased to receive the donation, adding that the donation would go a long way to aid in the day-to-day operations of the hospital.

“On behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Hospital Management Board, I say a big thank you to your kind gesture,” he said

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