As part of her contribution in developing capacity of healthcare professionals, Nestlé Nigeria recently refurbished facilities and equipped laboratory at the Ajaka Primary Healthcare Centre, Sagamu. This intervention will help improve the delivery of healthcare services to over 200,000 indigenes who visit the centre to access healthcare services.
Primary healthcare is a grassroot approach towards universal and equitable healthcare for all. However, some primary healthcare centres in the country often lack the capacity to provide essential healthcare services, due to challenges like inadequate equipment, poor infrastructure and lack of essential drugs.
In addressing some of these challenges, especially security challenges experienced by the centre, Nestlé Nigeria built a perimeter fence around the facility and installed gates to control access. This intervention supports the Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well Being. It is also in line with Ogun State Government’s efforts to ensure sustainability of primary health care in the state.
Speaking at the event, Nestlé’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Mrs Victoria Uwadoka, said, “At Nestlé, we recognise that access to adequate healthcare delivery is crucial to improving quality of life. This is why we invest in the improvement of healthcare delivery through various projects including the Ajaka Health Centre, which we are here to commission.
“We are glad that with the commissioning of this project, over 200,000 indigenes of Sagamu now have access to improved healthcare services.” She also commended the management of Transit Gas who provided additional equipment for the health centre.
Dr Elijah Ogunsola, executive secretary, Ogun State Primary Healthcare Board, who represented the Honorable Commissioner for Health, commended Nestlé for her continued investment towards improving livelihoods across the state.
“On behalf of the Government of Ogun State and the entire health team, I appreciate the Management of Nestlé Nigeria for partnering with Ogun State Government on this unquantifiable gesture in the delivery of qualitative health services to the good people of Sagamu Local Government through the provision of a conducive and patient friendly environment. The Ogun State Government welcomes collaboration from the private sector towards the improvement of primary healthcare infrastructures and provision of acceptable level of healthcare services for all, thereby reducing the gross inequality in health status of her citizens,” he said.
“Dr Ogunsola disclosed that the facility would benefit from the disbursement of monthly running costs as approved by Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun, for all health facilities in the 236 wards of Ogun State”, he remarked.
On his part, Chairman, Royal Initiative for the Development of Sagamu Community (RIDSCO), Olootu Omoba Oyedele, said, “I am delighted at the commissioning of this project which will definitely positively impact on the health of our people. I sincerely appreciate Nestlé for a project well executed and for her continued investment in Sagamu”.
He assured Nestlé Nigeria of RIDSCO’s commitment to continue to work with the organisation in the overall best interest and for the progress of the community.
Nestlé Nigeria has worked with stakeholders and partners to drive positive social impact, in communities directly connected to her business activities.