The Heineken Africa Foundation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Benin Teaching (UBTH) to reduce new born babies mortality rate in Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mrs. Shade Morgan, Corporate Affairs Manager said over N42m will be committed in equipping the facilities at the UBTH in order to reduce the current 25 percent mortality rate(1in 4) to 10 percent (1in 10) in the hospital.
“Here at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, the foundation will equip the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit with advanced neonatal care facilities and consumables worth €103.937,94 that is, over N42M to assist with reducing the neonatal mortality rate from the current 25 percent (1in 4) to 10 percent (1in 10).
“We hope that with this intervention, we would be contributing to reversing the negative index of neonatal deaths in Edo State in particular and Nigeria in general”, Berrut said.
He said since the inception of the foundation in 2007, the foundation has committed up to €9.9 million in 111 different projects focused on health and water across the African continent.
He said some of the funds have supported projects in Kaduna such as the donations of the general female orthopedic ward, a CT Scan and Ultra Sound Scanning Machine, all at the St. Gerard’s hospital in 2010, 2013 and 2015, respectively.
He expressed optimism that the project will be executed according to the terms and conditions of their agreement.
On his part, Chief Medical Director, UBTH, Dr. Darlington Obaseki said the project became necessary to reduce death rates among newborn babies to a very drastic level in the hospital as it witnessed about 2000 births in every year.
He said the hospital (UBTH) was among the nine institutions that applied for the assistance but only UBTH scaled through and got the approval from the foundation.
“In UBTH, we have about 2000 live births in every year and out of it above 5 percent of them need a special care that is special intensive care to look after them and another 25 percent of this 5 percent requires intensive care.
“So sadly in UBTH though we have a Special Care Unit, there is no Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”, the CMD said.