Destiny Care Foundation Donates 2,100 PPE To UUTH
By Pioneer Team
July 31, 2020
As part of its contribution to the fight against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Destiny Care Foundation Global, a non-governmental organization provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH).
The equipment which was presented to the management during a courtesy visit, Wednesday include: 1,000 hand gloves and face masks, 50 hand sanitizers and face shields.
The chairman/ chief executive officer of the foundation, Mrs Joy Ekpo, said the equipment was donated to assist front-line medical personnel in the fight against the ravaging pandemic caused by COVID19. She lauded the management of the hospital for approving the collaboration which has enabled the utilization of services of physicians of the Family Health unit to take of the elderly.
Represented by the supervisor of the foundation, Mr Ibong Akpan, she hinted that Destiny Care, a non-governmental organization, was founded in 2016 by a caring United States-based couple, Elder Udo-Ekpo Nathaniel Ekpo and wife, Joy, with the vision to improve the quality of life of the elderly people, with support to the Geriatric Unit of the UUTH. Ekpo maintained that the foundation had made giant strides in achieving the its objectives with numerous elderly citizens with chronic illness identified and provided treatment free of charge, adding that plan was underway to extend the services to other hospitals in the state and beyond.
According to her, the services of the organization are run by an inter-disciplinary care team of physicians, registered nurses, medical psycosocial personnel which include; the giving of supports to patients with pains, medication management, education and action, interactions and side effects, emotional, social support and spiritual concerns.
She further explained that the disease conditions accepted by the organization but not limited in the operation include: end stage heart failure, high blood pressure, end stage chronic pulmonary disease, such as COPD, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis. Others are: end stage cancer, with metastasis, leukemia or lymphoma, end stage Parkinson's disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis and end stage kidney disease not requiring dialysis.
Receiving the items, the chief medical director, Dr Emem-Abasi Bassey, appreciated the foundation's gesture, noting that in a short time the relationship between the body and (UUTH) has yielded fruits. He observed that geriatric health comes with its peculiar problems as it involves the elderly and entails specialty in their treatment just as done in developed countries unlike Nigeria.
Bassey recalled that the Federal Ministry of Health(FMOH) had directed all hospitals to establish geriatric health department in their institutions and the Family Health Unit of the (UUTH) was a step towards that direction and to be taken to another level by the establishment for a full unit in due course. He added that adult patients requires multi-dimensional care and, at times, long hospitalization which might result to stroke and other complications, saying the institution was preparing to inaugurate new stroke unit to complement the Family Health department.
Flanked by other management staff, Bassey eulogized Dr Uduak Morgan, a consultant in the Department of Family Health for initiating the establishment of the facility in the referral institution and informed that the management was prepared to sponsor her and others on a facility tour to other geriatric centres in teaching hospitals.
The CMD called on the foundation to partner the institution to build a magnificent geriatric centre for the healthcare need of the elderly person. He pointed out that the Coronavirus Disease COVID19 has come to stay with PPE becoming a challenge because of necessity and expressed gratitude to the foundation for the donation, while calling on well-meaning persons, groups and organizations to emulate the good example of the body.
Also speaking, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee CMAC, Dr Kunle Abudu, appreciated the group for the gesture and assured that the items would be judiciously used to fight the pandemic.
The representative of the head, department of Family Health, Morgan extolled the foundation for the unit in the effort to cater for the aged people. Morgan who is a consultant to the organization, commended the UUTH management for the collaboration which had brought dividends and stressed the vision was to get a state-of- the-art geriatric facility that elderly people would be treated at convenient.