The National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF), has donated medical facilities worth millions of Naira to the Primary Healthcare Centre in Okundi community in Boki Local Givernment Area of Cross River.
Making the presentation, the acting Executive Secretary of National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF),Mallam Magari, said that the gesture was in line with the objectives of the organization.
Magari explained that Section 40 (a) of the NLTF Act 2005 establishing the agency empowers it to utilise proceeds generated from all national lottery operations for execution of good projects across the country for the benefit of all Nigerians.
He said that the intervention will enhance the hospital’s capacity to cater for the wellbeing of its patients, children and pregnant women.
According to him,today’s ceremony therefore re-affirms President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s commitment to advancing, uplifting and promoting access to good healthcarein the country”.
The exercise of equipping this hospital with critical medical facilities through funding from the national lottery is a clear demonstration of the Federal Government’s desire to foster better inclusion of the most vulnerable segments of our society especially women and children”.
“We are providing this health centre with beds and mattresses, surgical equipments, digital x-ray machine for diagnosis, the ultra sound scan machine and many others. These equipments are worth millions of naira”.
“I make bold to state that Okundi is the fifth community to receive this type of special intervention in the area of health in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mr Christopher Etta, Chairman, NLTF Board of Trustees, said that the equipments will provide a wonderful opportunity for the underserved segment of the people in Okundi community.
Etta added that the equipment will add visible value to the lives of the beneficiaries and also help to mitigate mortality and untimely death which may arise as a result of improper or ineffective diagnosis arising from impaired equipment.
Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila, Director General, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, urged the hospitals to make judicious use of the facilities to improve the well being of the people.
Gbajabiamila called on all gaming operators and business promoters engaged in promotional lottery to keep to their obligations of remitting 20 per cent lottery proceeds directly to the Trust Fund as required by law.
He added that the prompt remittance of 20 per cent to the Trust Fund will enable the interventions of the Federal government to remain sustainable.
Mrs Owan Emerencia, Director of Primary Healthcare in Boki local government, thanked the NLTF for donating the equipment to the health centre.
Emerencia added that the equipments would go a long way in reducing the migration of people from Boki to other urban areas in search of better medical equipment for their health.
She appealed to the state government to upgrade the health centre into a modern cottage hospital and also deploy more Residents’ Doctors and official cars to improve health delivery in the area.