By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Foremost Nigerian Breweries Plc has commissioned numerous projects in Kaduna state as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, to Kaduna communities, marking its Centenary.
The latest of the projects include the commissioning of an ultra-modern scanning machine at St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital Kaduna and the construction and donation of two blocks of hospital wards, bole-hole, toiletries, and hospital beds to the Primary Health Centre (PHC), in Kudenda suburb in the state.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Paul Dogo, said “Nigerian Breweries Plc is complementing Kaduna State Government in Education
“In Health, Kaduna State is working towards restructuring the Primary Health Care delivery such that every child and every woman has access to good medical facilities; and this is where the role of Nigerian Breweries has become even more significant, and the Government of Kaduna State acknowledges this contribution.
“The Government, on its own, is working towards the actualization of two hundred and fifty-five (255) Primary Health Centers to be situated in all the Council wards
of the State. The Nigerian Breweries has helped the Government to actualize its goal of Primary Health Care delivery,” he said.
Earlier, at the commissioning and handover of the Ultra-modern scanning
machine at St. Gerald’s Hospital, Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Johan Doyer, represented by the Brewery Manager for Kaduna, Mr. Abbey Ajayi, said that “Heineken Africa Foundation was established by our parent company, Heineken International, of the Netherlands, to enhance the quality of health of the people, who live in sub-Sahara African communities, where Heineken is active by financially supporting relevant health projects and health-related education.
“By providing this Ultra-Modern X-Ray machine to St. Gerald’s Hospital, NB Plc is trying to improve the Health Care delivery service in the State. This way, we aim to save more lives by elevating the standard of medical care in this great hospital,” Ajayi added.
Also speaking at the commissioning of Kudenda Primary Health Center, Mr. Abbey Ajayi affirmed that “The entire Kudenda community is very dear to Brewery, being our host community, in which we operate our business without any hindrance. So, we should reciprocate by identifying with the cause of the well-being of our good host community.
“It is my believe that this project, coming as we celebrate the Centenary of our dear State, will be historic to the health center, and would be put into good use for the great people of Kudenda as well as to mankind; going by the important nature of this facility in saving lives, the projects which we are commissioning here today are construction of two blocks, renovation of one block and toilet facility, supply of hospital furniture and provision of borehole,” Ajayi stressed.
Giving the analysis of Nigerian Breweries’ health interventions to Kaduna State in recent times, the Public Affairs Manager, North, Mr. Danjuma John-Ekele, said “In 2009, Nigerian Breweries built and donated a fully furnished hospital ward at the VVF Centre at Hajiya Sawaba General Hospital, in Zaria, Kaduna State, to improve healthcare delivery in the Northern region.
“In 2011, a mini-theatre facility and a female orthopaedic ward were donated to St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital Kaduna. In 2013, we donated a CT Scan machine. Today, we handed over an ultra-modern X-ray machine at St. Gerald before coming here for the commissioning of another health project.
“Like our other health sector interventions across the country, it is our hope that these gestures would go a long way in providing succor and further take care of the increase in the number of patients in the hospital, and also help in reducing the number of referred cases in the Kudenda community.”
Commending Nigerian Breweries Plc, the representative of Chikun Caretaker chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Abashia, who is Director Health Services in the Local Government, Chief of Kudenda, Gabriel Galadima, and Kudenda’s Women Leader, Mrs. Deborah Galadima, among others, hailed Nigerian Breweries, urging other companies to emulate NBL’s kind gestures. They furthermore called on the State Government to make a law for other companies to institute their own CSR projects on annual basis.