Heineken Africa Foundation (HAF) in collaboration with Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB Plc) recently commissioned an upgraded neonatal ward at the Lagos University Teaching hospital, LUTH.
The project involved a physical and infrastructural upgrade of electrical installations to modern versions as well as a provision of piped oxygen and air to the neonatal unit complex.
It also included an upgrade of plumbing facilities to ensure availability of potable water in the unit.
The facility was also equipped with two Bubble CPAP Machine Systems, one Neo puff F/P Resuscitator, 12 Phototherapy units, two Pulse oximeters, eight baby incubators and four multi-parameter monitors.
Other new equipments are six infusion pumps, six humidifiers continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) Spares, one ISTAT Blood Gas Machine and two weighing scales.
Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, representing Johan Doyer, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NB Plc said that the Heineken Africa Foundation partners with Heineken Operating Companies like Nigerian Breweries Plc, in Africa to execute projects in communities identified with health and water challenges.
“The Heineken Africa Foundation was established to support projects that improve healthcare and water supply for communities in Sub-Saharan Africa where access to basic healthcare and clean water poses a challenge,” Ekanem said.
Professor Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, represented by Professor Olufemi Fasanmade thanked Heineken Africa Foundation and Nigerian Breweries Plc, commending the donation.
“Nigerian Breweries Plc and Heineken Africa Foundation has brought succor to our aged infrastructures in LUTH which will save over 400 new borns that come to us through referrals monthly,” he said.
Professor Chinyere Ezeaka, Head, Neo Natology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and President, Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM) said that the facilities provided by HAF and NB will help challenge the index record which placed Nigeria as the country with the highest infant mortality rate in Africa and second highest infant mortality rate in the world.