Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
THE University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) yesterday received medical equipment for its new department, Assisted Reproductive Unit, (ARU) from Sterling Bank.
The ARU is a new department of UPTH that would handle cases of fertility to enable couples having challenges of infertility give birth to children.
UPTH had planned to start up the new department but was confronted with financial challenges and had requested organizations, well meaning individual for assistance.
Some of facilities received include, hospital beds, theatre gowns, visual aids and others which was said to have caused the donors millions of naira.
Receiving the facilities, the Chief Medical Director of UPTH, Prof. Aaron Ojule called for cooperation among stakeholders in order to reposition the public health institutions.
Ojule said: “We thank the management of Sterling Bank Plc for the items donated for use by the hospital. There is no doubt that this donation will be a major boost to the quality of care we provide.
“This gesture is a testament of some of the initiatives that the management has adopted in order to brave the odds and face the challenges arising from the current economic recession confronting the country.
“The management will reciprocate this gesture by ensuring that the donated items would be handled with care and put into judicious use, knowing full well the enormity of resources spent procuring these very valuable items.”
Earlier, the General Manager, South-South and South-East for Sterling Bank Plc, Emmanuel Emefelem, had stated that the donation was in line with its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Emefelem said: “We have had a long standing business relationship with the hospital and we needed to also respond to their need at this critical period. We are making the donation as part of our CSR as a bank.
“The items will facilitate the take off of the Assisted Reproductive Unit, which takes care of couple that are having fertility related issues and they need assistance to have their babies. What we did was to specifically request items required by that unit to take off fully.”