Minister tasks philanthropists on humanitarian intervention in health sector

September 30th, 2019

By Hassan Zaggi

The Federal Government has called on philanthro­pists and wealthy Nigeri­ans to continue to support the federal government through hu­manitarian intervention in all sectors of the country.

The Minister of Health, Osa­gie Ehanire, made the call at the flag-off of the first batch of 14 containers of medical equip­ment/supplies from MedShare Atlanta and 11 containers of books/educational materials from Books for Africa Atlanta Warehouse, USA.

The medical equipment and educational materials are set for shipment to Nigeria to aid the actualisation of health and edu­cational programmes of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation.

A statement by a member of the Sir Emeka Offor Founda­tion, Sir Tony Obi, made avail­able to journalists in Abuja, yes­terday, disclosed that within the next 12 months, the Foundation will facilitate the procurement, shipment and distribution of 100 (40ft) containers each of Medical equipment/supplies and books/educational materi­als to Nigeria.

The materials and equip­ment are meant for distribu­tion to federal, state, military/police hospitals on one hand and schools, colleges, universi­ties and public libraries on the other hand.

Speaking further, the min­ister noted that President Mu­hammed Buhari was delighted with the humanitarian interven­tions of Sir Emeka Offor Foun­dation, especially in the areas of health and education.

According to Ehanire, the various interventions by the Foundation will, no doubt, im­pact positively on the primary, secondary and tertiary health­care initiatives of the federal government of Nigeria.

He, therefore, applauded Sir Emeka Offor Foundation’s over­seas partners including Med­Share Atlanta and Books for Africa for their various roles in facilitating the shipment of healthcare and educational ma­terials to Nigeria.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Emeka Offor reiterated that as long as God continues to keep him alive, he will continue to intervene in critical areas of humanity to touch the lives of challenged communities.

He called on wealth Nigerians and corporatate organizations to continue to support major areas of the Nigerian economy in order to provide succor to the less privilege in all nooks and crannies of the country, main­taining that the government cannot do everything alone.

The Federal government del­egation that attended the flag-off of the first batch of 14 con­tainers of medical equipment/supplies and educational mate­rials included the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Minis­try of Health Abdullaziz Mashi and Consul General of Nigerian Mission in Atlanta, Hon Aisha­tu Aliyu Musa.

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