By Evangelist.com.ng edition, Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Admin.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), says the church has spent N61 billion on intervention projects across the country.
Enoch stated this during the inauguration of the Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis Centre at Immanuel General Hospital in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Monday.
Adeboye, represented by Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Intercontinental Overseer, Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) of RCCG, said the centre had been equipped with three brand new dialysis machines, a water treatment plant, and a 130 KVA generator.
“We have spent over N61 billion on intervention projects in Nigeria, Adeboye said.
He noted that no fewer than 154 million people had benefited from the various interventions in the last five years.
He added that RCCG had 1,200 functioning dialysis machines in their health facilities across the country.
“The initial beneficiary states are Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Bauchi, Borno, Anambra, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, and Abuja.
“This dialysis centre will be the 27th in the series of our specialised medical interventions: intensive care units, dialysis centres, cancer screening centres, and primary health centres donated by the Love Foundation,” he said.
He explained that the foundation had established intensive care centres in states including Lagos, Plateau, Ogun, and Ondo.
“Today we are dedicating this dialysis centre and making the decision to invest in the establishment of dialysis centres all over the nation as part of the foundation’s initiative for the needy.
“We have 48,000 operating dialysis centres all over the nation and are present in 197 nations around the world,” he said.
He lamented that the foundation had 225 centres of dialysis in the country, adding that the numbers could not address the problem of 220 million people in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Love Foundation is a charity arm of the Redeemed Christian Church of God involved in various intervention projects in the areas of social, education, health, media, business, art and culture, governance, and sports.
He thanked Gov. Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom for sitting at the dialysis centre in Eket in particular and in Akwa Ibom at large.
Gov Eno, who inaugurated the dialysis centre, said that similar dialysis centres would be established in each of the 10 federal constituencies in the state.
“I am directing the Commissioner for Health, with critical stakeholders, to ensure they provide a dialysis centre in each federal constituency in the state.
“The commissioner should guarantee me that between now and June 2024, all 10 dialysis centres will be ready because we need to ensure that we get these facilities across to our people who have to travel too far to do dialysis,” the governor said.
Eno noted that his administration had invested heavily in primary health centres, saying that for the additional centre being inaugurated today, the state government had already approved staff to be deployed to Immanuel General Hospital.
He explained that staff deployed to the hospital would be trained in the 10 federal constituencies in the state.
In his remarks, Prof. Augustine Umoh, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, explained that one of the ways to manage kidney ailments was through dialysis.
He said that the state government had dialysis machines in the Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo and the General Hospital at Away in Onna LGA.