Pathfinder International Partners with IHS Nigeria Donate Generators to Primary Healthcare Facilities
A global non-profit organisation, Pathfinder International, has partnered with IHS Nigeria, a subsidiary of IHS Towers, to provide ten refurbished generators to health facilities in Borno State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja.
These generators are expected to support healthcare services, such as reproductive, maternal, and child health services.
In a statement in Abuja, the Country Director Pathfinder International Nigeria, Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi said the donation was the latest in Pathfinder International’s efforts at strengthening both community and healthcare systems to deliver high-quality sexual and reproductive health services.
“Healthcare facilities are life support systems in times of crisis and other healthcare needs”, said Dr.Aminu Dorayi said.
“Due to the intermittent power supply in Nigeria, an alternative power source is needed to keep life support machines and other healthcare tools working to sustain human lives”.
“Across the country, many primary healthcare centres rely on alternate sources of power supply. In some rural areas, healthcare workers depend on torchlight or light from their mobile phones at night due to less reliable power supply from the national grid,” she said.
According to her, “In addition, Pathfinder International continues to work to ensure that those services are responsive to the needs of vulnerable communities.”
She said the recipient centres were selected by the governments of Borno State and the FCT based on needs.
“Through IHS Nigeria’s support, Pathfinder International is helping healthcare facilities address their current power generation gaps by donating generators to specific institutions.”
“This donation is timely as we strive to strengthen the delivery of primary care services across the country, a critical step towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage,” Dr Dorayi added.
In his response, Mohamad Darwish, CEO, IHS Nigeria said, “Healthcare is an important component of human life, and this, to a large extent, influences the growth and development of local communities.
At IHS Nigeria, we believe we have a responsibility to support the government of Nigeria and the communities that host our towers. We hope this donation will help contribute towards larger efforts to deliver more sustainable healthcare in Nigeria.”
“This is a new dawn for the staff and management of Yerwa Maternal and Child Health facility. The power issue was long overdue, and I want to thank Pathfinder International and IHS Towers for their benevolence.
This will improve our work and the quality of care in our facility”. Yagana A. Modu, Officer-in-Charge, Yerwa Maternal and Child Health Facility, Maiduguri, Borno state
Whether it is through direct implementation of technical programs, the building of expertise and knowledge, or the engagement of communications that can change opinions and encourage investment, Pathfinder believes the corporate sector has a role to ensure that people in communities can access essential health services regardless of where they live.
Ms Martha Dikko, Officer-in-Charge, Dakwa-Dantata PHC, Abuja remarked, “This generator is so big! I am sure it will ease our work, especially during the delivery time that happens mostly at night, and in the storage of vaccines in the facility. We are immensely grateful”.
All the generators have been delivered and installed at the selected healthcare centres. IHS Nigeria will also support the facilities by servicing, fueling, and maintaining the generators for a one-year period.
15Kva Generator installed at Dakwa-Dantata PHC, Abuja. Installed generator at Yerwa Maternal and Child Health Facility, Maiduguri, Borno state.
Supported by TAConnect, Pathfinder International is currently providing technical assistance to the Borno state government on Group Antenatal Care to improve sustained uptake and quality of well-integrated RMNCH services, including prevention of malaria in pregnancy and early detection and treatment of malaria.
Through its Access Project in FCT Abuja, Pathfinder International, with funding from MacArthur Foundation is advancing COVID-19 mitigation and recovery by curbing vaccine hesitancy, improving equitable access to quality vaccine services, and strengthening accountability mechanisms for vaccine delivery.