UBA Foundation Sponsors Overseas Training for LASUTH Doctors, Nurses on Neo-natal Care.

As part of concerted efforts to improve on child mortality in Nigeria , UBA Foundation is sponsoring doctors and nurses from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to India for Neo-Natal care studies.
The cheque for the sum of N5.8million representing the cost of their training was presented last week to officials of LASUTH by the Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Director, UBA Plc Phillips Oduoza and MD UBA Foundation Ijeoma Aso at the UBA Head Office, Marina Lagos.
The move according to Aso is in furtherance of the Foundation’s intervention in the area of child mortality in Nigeria which motivated it to donate incubators to teaching hospitals across the country. “This is taking our incubator initiative a notch further. Last year we gave out incubators to teaching hospitals across Nigeria and now we are sending medical personnel for further training on behalf our little ones. Healthcare for infants deserves a lot of focus” she said.
Also speaking at the event, the UBA GMD harped on training and retraining particularly in the health sector. “Given the advancement in technology, new ways and new equipments have been discovered in treating aliments and handling medical cases. It is to this end that we felt compelled to come to the aid of LASUTH in further enhancing and developing the knowledge base of our doctors and nurses” said Oduoza.
Commending UBA Foundation for its support to the Hospital, Head of Neo-natal Unit, Department of Paediatrics, LASUTH, Elizabeth Disu said donation would go a long way in improving the quality of care given to newborn and reduce neo-natal deaths.
According to her, approximately a quarter of a million Nigerian new born babies die every year, with about 700 deaths recorded each day. Disu said despite huge investment in healthcare, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NCIU) could end up unable to fulfill the desired objective of reducing neonatal deaths, if other crucial needs, especially in manpower development are not addressed.

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