…donates kidney dialysis centres to mark 70th anniversary
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has committed over N32.3 billion on 990,270 social impact initiatives across the country in the last four years. These projects – 990,270 in all – have benefited over 166 million people, and poised to do more, according to the Assistant Continental Overseer, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade.
Through its health initiatives alone, His Love Foundation (HLF), the charity arm of RCCG, has impacted almost nine million lives and spent over N29 billion in the last four years on various social interventions. So far, it has donated 13 dialysis centres, equipped with 48 dialysis machines. The aim is to increase this to 68 dialysis machines before the end of the year, HLF assured.
Iluyomade, who is also the church’s Intercontinental Overseer for CSR, disclosed that the interventions are executed through HLF, adding that the Foundation has been supporting healthcare delivery in the country by offering quality health care through diagnostics, laboratory, pharmaceutical, dialysis and ambulance services. The initiative ameliorates the plight of Nigerians diagnosed with kidney diseases by enhancing and strengthening healthcare infrastructure and other social interventions in the country.
Last week, HLF commissioned the Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis Centre Comprehensive Medical Centre, Awkuzu, Anambra State; and Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis Centre University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu. Both centres, commissioned last Wednesday and Friday, have three units of dialysis machines, a medical water reserve osmosis purification system, while Enugu centre is also equipped with a 30KVA electricity generator.
The new centres bring the total donated ultra-modern dialysis centres to 15 across the country. The commissioning is part of activities marking the 70th anniversary of the church and also in furtherance of its global health interventions in the provisions of Intensive Care Units, dialysis and cancer screening centres.
Iluyomade said that “the gesture was aimed at alleviating the sufferings of kidney patients and providing affordable treatment to the less privileged across the South East region of Nigeria, and in line with the vision of our Daddy in Lord, Pastor E. A. Adeboye, for providing medical intervention to the poor”.
He continued: “His Love Foundation has worked continuously to improve the well-being of citizens. As a step towards promoting healthcare, we have donated 48 dialysis machines. This will make affordable dialysis treatment available for patients in various districts closer to their homes. We believe that this initiative will offer convenience in terms saving cost for patients, as they no longer have to travel to big cities for dialysis”.
The representative of Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Uju Okoye stated that “while we appreciate the impact on the Kidney Dialysis Centre in Awkuzu community, we will continue to partner and collaborate with HLF and our other partners locally to provide the best care we can. However, we can attest that there is a sustained level of continued improvement for health care.”
The traditional ruler of Awkuzu, Igwe (Prof). Charles Anikweze appreciated the efforts of the RCCG in alleviating the plight of kidney patients, particularly the poor.
The representative of Enugu State government, Dr Ifeanyi Godwin Chukwu said: “The donation of this Kidney Dialysis Center came at the right time to support our efforts to combat renal diseases management, strengthen our health system, and ensure our care centres are ready to receive all patients. We are proud to be a part of His Love Foundation and to be able to count on them as our strategic partner working towards a common goal: saving lives”.