Ikale Community of Philadelphia USA, a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization has made donations of Bedsheets and Pillows to some selected hospitals in Ondo state on Saturday.
The Chairman, Ikale Community of Philadelphia, Chief Dayo Ayebo shortly after the donations, said they want to see children, mothers and farmers, in particular, given the opportunities to enjoy healthy and productive lives.
Chief Ayebo said, “We the people of Ikale Community of Philadelphia decided on several ways to give back to our communities.We decided to donate these items paid from the purse of our association. But one of our members said he will donate bedsheets and pillows to the hospital in his community. Others joined to donate to their individual communities through Ikale Community of Philadelphia.”
“Based on what we discuss in our meeting early this year, some of our people believe any donations to government establishments end up mismanaged. So these bedsheets and pillows donations from us is just to see how they can manage it. We have bigger donation coming
Chief Dayo Ayebo who is also the current President, Ikale World Congress, stressed that the program was initiated as a means of giving back to their society.
“We focus on supporting the existing structures in our communities that can help our families live a meaningful life,” he said.
Support to the health sector in Ondo State.
Representatives of Ikale Community of Philadelphia led by Mr. Biyi Ikujuni were at eleven hospitals in Ondo southern Senatorial district to donate 345 bedsheets and 239 pillows.
Receiving the donations, the Chief Medical Director, Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Okitipupa, Dr. Akintunde Ogunfeyimi , thanked the Ikale Community of Philadelphia for the kind gesture.
He said, “We are grateful to Ikale Community of Philadelphia for the donation. We did not know it would be this much . We appreciate this gesture and I promise that these bedsheets and pillows you have given us today, we will manage it well and ensure that they are maximized for the patients that trust us with their health.”
The Officer in Charge of Comprehensive Health Centre Igbobini, Nurse (Mrs.) Iyabode Bolodeoku also commended the donors pointing that the items would be prudently used.
Earlier, Officer in Charge of Comprehensive Health Centre Ilutitun, Mrs Akala Olabisi Caroline appreciated the donors, stressing that Ikale Community of Philadelphia are wonderful people. She pleaded for more bed, mattresses, staff accommodation and fencing of the health centre.
The Chief Medical Director, General Hospital Igbotako, Dr. Edino Ezekiel, said it is a real surprise to the hospital receiving the donations.
“These are things we expect non – governmental organizations and private individuals to do. Government cannot do these things alone. We say a big thank you to Ikale Community of Philadelphia and all those who contributed to make the donation happen. God will continue to increase them,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Secretary, Ikale Community of Philadelphia Mr. Modupe Olowodahunsi said Ikale Community of Philahdefia reiterates the commitment of the Association on solutions, supports and collaboration with institutions at the grassroots.
“We realized that the government cannot do everything for our people. It is not our culture to criticize the government but to look deeply into the areas that we can collaborate or support the government so that our families and friends can enjoy life and have access to basic needs,”
“Part of our effort is to supply medical consumables and equipment to our General Hospitals and Basic health centers in another few months. This will help our medical personnel to be more effective, efficient and to save more life,” he said.
The eleven hospitals that benefitted were; Ondo State Specialist Hospital Okitipupa, General Hospital Igbotako, General Hospital Irele, Basic Health Centre Ikoya, Basic Health Centre Ayede, Comprehensive Health Centre Iju Odo, Basic Health Centre Ayeka, Comprehensive Health Centre Ilutitun and Basic Health Centre Ode Aye.
Others were Basic Health Centre Igbobini, Comprehensive Health Centre Ajagba (New Health Centre) and Comprehensive Health Centre Idepe.
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