19 OCTOBER 2003
Lagos — Jose Foundation, an international non-governmental body, has donated money to the Social Welfare department and some patients of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH). The donation was handed over to the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr. Femi Olugbile.
Making the donation, on a visit to the premises of the hospital, President of Jose Foundation, Prince Martins Abhulimhen, noted that his foundation has been identifying areas in the society where it can positively affect the lives of the people.
Abhulimhen who was accompanied for the visit by Vice President of the Foundation, Mr. Edmund Otudeko, expressed his foundation¡s readiness to further aid the hospital in areas of needs.
The Jose Foundation team was later conducted round some wards in the hospital by an official of the Public Relations Department of the hospital, where the foundation made cash gifts to parents of some ailing children.
In his response, Dr. Olugbile stated that “Government has always been interested in Public-Private partnership, because government recognises that it cannot do it alone, so we have always welcome partnership as they come in different ways to provide services or to supplement the facilities”.
The Medical Director advised that the best way to handle matters of handicap is for early identification, even before birth, to remedy the defects and or cushion the aftermath of such deformities.
“What at least we can guarantee is that at least the basic services can be provided for every body whether they have money or they don’t have money, even among the supposedly working population,” Olugbile noted.
“He added that malaria has always been a scourge for this part of the world, it is still a major problem, what Lagos state government is doing is that it is providing free treatment for malaria for everybody whatever their age.”