BY SOLA OGUNDIPE, 3 FEBRUARY 2004
JOSE Foundation, an international non-governmental body, has kicked-off its 2004 programme with a donation of N500,000 to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and N120,000 to a Lagos based family in need of accommodation. LASUTH had earlier benefited from a N250,000 donation from the Foundation.
Receiving the latest donation, on behalf of the hospital from the Foundation President, Prince Martins Abhulimhen, the Medical Social Worker of LASUTH, Mr. Isichie Obi Benedict, explained that the money received would be utilized to cater for the needs of abandoned patients, victims of road traffic accidents and to assist HIV/AIDS patients to buy drugs.
One of the beneficiaries, Pastor Emmanuel Blessing received a cheque of N20,000 for assistance to pay his house rent.
Speaking during the presentation, Abhulimhen said the Foundation would continue to build bridges to eradicate poverty, by donating to the hospital, where it has an established form of disbursment of funds to the less-privileged in the society, those that cannot afford medical care.
In a letter of thanks and acknowledgement for the first donation, LASTH’s CMD, Dr. Femi Olugbile expressed gratitude for the donation of the sum of N250,000 towards the care of destitute patients in LASUTH.
He said it was merely the first step in a fruitful and enduring relationship between the two organisations for the purpose of complementing the efforts of government to bring excellent and accessible health services to the state.
In a related development, Jose Foundation has brokered a working relationship with Guardian Scientific Africa (GSA), of the United States of America. After a meeting held New Jersey, it was agreed that a programme be fashioned out to fight the AIDS scourge use a multi-dimensional approach.