As part of its efforts to help prevent and reduce the incidence of infant mortality, Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST 360°) on Thursday donated medical equipment to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba.
It also donated medical equipment to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Our Correspondent reports that NEST360° is a multi-institutional partnership committed to reducing neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan African hospitals by 50 percent.
Speaking at an event in LUTH to unveil the items, Prof. Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director (CMD), LUTH, said the donation was timely and would help to save the lives of newborns, babies and infants.
“This great donation made by NEST 360° is to save new born, premature babies and infants who could perish due to lack of simple or effective technological gadgets like the ones that were donated today”.
“ LUTH is very glad to be chosen as one of the pilot sites for NEST 360°’s roll out ; we will, which would eventually be used very well,’’ Bode said.
He encouraged the donors to spread the donation all over the country in order to reduce new born mortality rate.
Also, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, the Director and Head of Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, said that there was a National Plan to reduce infant and child mortality.
Adebiyi , who was the Chairperson at the occassion, said there were already some gaps in the health sector, particularly the net source between the biomedical engineer and the clinician, of which NEST 360° had tried to bridge
“We are now having technology solution to the management of our childhood illness.
“That is what NEST 360° is bringing to the table for us,’’ she said.
Dr Opeyemi Odedere , Country Director, NEST 360°, said the name Nest 360 basically means a newborn essential solutions and technologies.
According to him, they are in Nigeria working with the FMoH to equip neo-natal wards in hospitals with basic essential equipment that will be used for the proper management of newborns.
“Newborns that are sick and also small, because these are vulnerable groups of newborns, need some equipment to nurse them.
“There are some equipment that have been designed to properly manage, provide comprehensive and advanced care for these newborns.
“’So, these are the equipment that we are donating to some selected health facilities like referral health facilities, secondary health facilities and the tertiary health facilities”.
“ It is at this stage that comprehensive newborn care is usually provided.
“But we are also going beyond that; we are also training health care workers, clinicians, nurses, biomedical technicians and engineers on how to properly know how to use these equipment, repair them and also maintain them,’’ he said.
Odedere said that the main aim of the project was bring down neonatal mortality by half, in all selected or supported health facilities”.
Prof. Chinyere Ezeaka, Clinical Lead, Nigeria for NEST360°, said it was unfortunate that Nigeria had the record as one of the countries globally with the highest number of newborn deaths.
“One of our major challenges and these deaths are mainly due to children who are born through prematurity.
“The challenges of where and when newborns do not breathe at birth, when they have infections and when they have abnormalities,’’ she said.
According to Ezeaka, Nigeria looses about 250 newborn every year and 75 per cent of these deaths are preventable by a low cost interventions.
“Our national statistics show that 32 per cent of under five mortality and morbidity are actually due to the new born” she said.
Also Dr Victor Makanjuola, Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (DCMAC), said that the donations would go a long way in reducing deaths of newborns.
“More births are taking place in hospitals now and the babies would have access to human resources but sometimes the technology to keep them alive is lacking.
“This gesture by NEST 360° will make it possible to have all the necessary technologies to ensure that babies survived,’’ Makanjuola said.