One of the leading soft drink brands and arguably the biggest, Coca-Cola, has made a generous donation of hospital equipment worth an estimated N290 million to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) under its Safe Birth Initiative (SBI).
The initiative, SBI, which is aimed at boosting safe maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents, was the key beneficiary of the donation.
The equipment and supplies were worth a whopping $800,000, which when converted to Nigerian currency was around N290 million.
The pieces of equipment were formally unveiled and handed over during a special event held at the medical centre.
Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, who spoke at the handover ceremony, reaffirmed Coca-Cola’s commitment to upholding the health and well-being of women, whom they called the “cornerstone pillars of the society.”
“The issue of maternal mortality is very important to us because it affects the wellbeing of women. Globally, Coca-Cola has a commitment to women whom we consider pillars of the society and also pillars of our business in Africa, where they have always played a dominant role in our vast distribution and retail network.
“Through the SBI, we want to support the untiring efforts of our hard-working doctors, midwives, and nurses who battle against great odds in our public hospitals to manage life-threatening complications affecting mothers and the newborn,” Mrs Onyemelukwe said.
The Minister for Health, who was represented by the Head, Clinical Services, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Dr Ugochukwu Onyeonoro, expressed his gratitude to Coca-Cola Nigeria and Medshare International for the equipment donated to the centre.
He said, “I am happy about this initiative championed by Coca-Cola and Medshare. These contributions will certainly contribute to the reduction in mother and child mortality rate in Nigeria as a whole.”