To commemorate the 3rd year anniversary of the setting up of His Love Foundation- The RCCG Charity and the 69th Annual Convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, His Love Foundation, today handed over another dialysis centre - (Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis centre) at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, to the Ogun State government to the glory and praise of God.
The Center was donated by HLF to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu and the Ogun State government in expanding access to quality healthcare and supporting the State government's efforts in bringing critical healthcare solutions closer to people for the benefits of humanity in general, and the host community in particular and preventing avoidable deaths.
The latest Dialysis centre has: Three (3) Dialysis Machines, One (1) Medical Water Reverse Osmosis Purification System, and a 30KVA generator.
This donation will be the 16th in the series of specialised medical interventions - Intensive Care Units (ICU)/ Dialysis Centres / Cancer Screening Centre / Primary Healthcare Centres - donated by His Love Foundation in the country in the last 3 years. It is important to note that this new Kidney Dialysis Centre is the second dialysis centre to be commissioned by the foundation in Ogun State this year.
Since its inception, HLF has been committed to delivering series of Intensive care units and Dialysis centres alongside several donations in the health sector, following the donation of the first ICU attached to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Lagos in 2017 and the ICU in Jos Specialist Hospital, Plateau in 2018; the Pastor Enoch and Pastor Folu Adeboye Intensive Care Center in Redeemed Health Center, Mowe, Ogun State and most recently in April 2021, the Akindayomi - Adeboye Intensive Care Center in UNIMED Ondo State and several other projects executed over the years in the areas of feeding, education and skill acquisition, all in the fulfilment of His Love Foundation commitment of “Help for the helpless, Hope for the hopeless, Food for the hungry, Strength for the weak.
The vision of the foundation is to impact the healthcare system of the 36 states of the federation with signature healthcare projects - Intensive Care Units, Kidney Dialysis Centers, Cancer Screening and primary healthcare centers.
The event which had in attendance His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun (the Executive Governor of Ogun State) who was represented by the state's Deputy Governor Her excellency, Engineer Noimot Salako Oyedele; also had the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olatokunbo Joseph Talabi and The Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shuaib Afolabi Salisu. Other government functionaries at the event were The Ogun State Commissioner for Health Dr. Tomi Coker; The Chairman (OOUTH Board of Management), Dr. Adekunle Hassan represented by Dr Mrs Bisola Sodipo-Clarke and other members of the Board, The Special Adviser on Health, Dr. Tayo Lawal, The Permanent Secretary (Hospital Management Board (Ogun State), Dr. Nofiu Aigoro, The Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Health), Dr. Ekundayo A. Ayinde, Senior Special Assistant on Health, Dr. Ololade Kehinde; Senior Special Assistant on Health, Dr. Omolayo Fred-Omojole. His Royal Majesty, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, the Akarigbo of Remoland was also in attendance.
The Ag. Chief Medical Director, Dr. Mrs. Oluwabunmi M. Fatungase led the OOUTH community of Heads of Departments OOUTH; Consultants (Renal Unit, Department of medicine, OOUTH), Doctors, nurses and other staff of OOUTH in welcoming the leadership of RCCG and His Love Foundation.
The Gèneral Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adeboye was represented by Pastor (Prof) Aboaba Folagbade. Other notable members of the RCCG in attendance were Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Special Assistant to the General Overseer on CSR and Intercontinental Overseer, His Love Foundation, Christian Social Responsibility, Redeemed Christian Church of God; Pastor Adetola Akinremi, President of the Christian Social Responsibility arm of the Redeemed Christian Church of God regions and Pastor Julius Olalekan, Pastor in Charge of the Redeemed Christian of God, Region 12.
In the goodwill message of the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Adeboye which was delivered by Pastor Aboaba Folagbade Olajide, the General Overseer reiterated that the church will not relent on its efforts to impact lives positively by providing spiritual and physical support to everyone irrespective of where they are from in Nigeria. He believes this dialysis center in Sagamu will complement the ICU center at RCCG Redemption Camp, Mowe and will be put into good use by the authorities to the glory of God and many lives will be saved to God’s kingdom.
The clergyman further thanked HLF team for the good work that the foundation is doing and the Ogun State government for the kind cooperation and partnership.
Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, The Assistant Continental Overseer and The Intercontinental Overseer CSR while making the donation of the Dialysis Center to the State Government noted that “a critical look at the needs for Kidney Dialysis in Nigeria gives the dire picture of the task at hand and based on needs assessment, we discovered that Kidney Diseases represent 8-10% of hospital admissions in Nigeria with only 175 functioning Dialysis machines in the whole of the country to take care of the over 25 million patients”.
According to him, the case burden for Kidney disease management is quite heavy, but with the special grace of God, the Christian Social Responsibility arm of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God will continue to uphold the divine mandate of our Lord and Saviour that "I was sick and you visited me. (Matthew 25: 36)”.
The Acting Chief Medical Director Mrs. Oluwabunmi M. Fatungase in her appreciation to the HLF and RCCG said that "we sent letters to several corporate organizations and religious bodies but to our surprise without our physical follow up, HLF came to inspect our facility and promised to overhaul the facility which is what we are witnessing today". She then assured the leadership of RCCG and HLF that the hospital management will adequately maintain the facility for good usage of Ogun State residents and Nigeria at large”.
Dr Tomi Coker The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, in her goodwill remarks was full of thanks to the RCCG for the many donations and support to the state's health infrastructure. She said "today is not the first occasion that Ogun State has been a beneficiary of the generosity of Redeemed Christian Church of God. As early as April 2020 right at the onset of the outbreak, RCCG was one of the first to empty their newly completed Intensive care unit on the campground so that we could equip our isolation centre ICU with beds, multiparameter monitors and a ventilator when the nation was under lockdown with scarce medical equipment."
She added that "a community-based study done in 2018 in 500 individuals aged 18 -20 in Aiyepe community which is less than 10km from where we are today shows a staggering 27.6% prevalence which means 1 in 3 individuals tested had one form or another of Renal Failure. This demonstrates the extent of the burden of the disease on our society. It also indicates the far-reaching impact of this Renal dialysis Centre on the people of Sagamu, its environs and Ogun State at large".
She concluded that by this donation, the Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis Center at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Ságamu will be the state's first functional state-owned Dialysis center.
Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, the Akarigbo of Remoland while appreciating the HLF and RCCG on behalf of the people of Ságamu and Remo land said that he considers this an auspicious event and thanked the foundation and Pastor Enoch Adeboye for the great work he has done.
The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun speaking through the Deputy Governor, Engineer Noimot Salako said that "Ogun State is very grateful to RCCG as we have witnessed several donations since the commencement of our administration especially during the first wave of COVID 19 pandemic where RCCG ICU center was emptied to support Ogun State isolation centers".
The governor acknowledged that Dialysis is a major necessity for the state and that this full-fledged and ultra-modern Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis unit in Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, donated under the auspices of His Love Foundation with state-of-the-art facilities that include 3 Dialysis Machines, a Medical Water Reserve Osmosis Purification System and a 30KVA generator will not only improve healthcare delivery at the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, but guarantee better outcomes for patients with impaired renal functions and that As a matter of fact, the new dialysis centre as and commissioned today, will fit perfectly into the Administration’s plans to rehabilitate and equip hospitals and health institutions. She said that "This is as we are continuously improving Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) not only as a tertiary institution, but to serve as an effective referral centre for the lower tier healthcare delivery centres. On behalf of the staff and management of OOUTH, I promise that the Government will support this facility and it will be well maintained and used to improve the health of our people".