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Today, 6th of November, 2023, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) had the distinct honor of hosting a delegation from Sahara Group Foundation and Asharami Energy, led by Ejiro Gray, Director of Governance & Sustainability at Sahara Group.

The purpose of this esteemed visit was twofold: to pay a courtesy call on UBTH’s management and to inspect the state-of-the-art dialysis equipment generously donated by Sahara Group Foundation.

During her address to the hospital’s management, Ejiro Gray conveyed the Foundation’s commitment to positively impacting healthcare institutions, emphasizing that their mission extends beyond mere equipment provision. They take great care to ensure the proper utilization of the equipment they donate, with the ultimate goal of bringing hope and relief to the numerous patients who seek medical care at UBTH from various corners of the nation. Ejiro Gray also highlighted the collaborative effort between Sahara Group Foundation and Asharami Energy, the latter responsible for the exploration and production sector of the Sahara Group Foundation.

In response, Prof. Darlington Ewaen Obaseki, the Chief Medical Director of UBTH, extended heartfelt gratitude to Ejiro Gray and her team for their altruistic gesture towards the healthcare sector.

Prof. Darlington underlined the importance of increased philanthropic investment in healthcare, citing the challenges of limited government funding due to the prevailing economic circumstances.

The Chief Medical Director further emphasized the ongoing need for support from benevolent organizations and individuals, shedding light on critical areas requiring urgent intervention within the hospital.

These areas encompass cancer care, cardiovascular care, trauma care, and more, all of which could greatly benefit from additional assistance to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare sector.

Additionally, Mr. Babatomiwa Adesida, Head of Stakeholder & Community Engagement at Asharami Energy, expressed his appreciation for the Chief Medical Director’s candidness in highlighting the hospital’s specific needs. He assured UBTH’s management of continued collaboration and engagement with the group in the future.

The zenith of this visit was marked by the thorough inspection of the dialysis machines at UBTH’s Dialysis Centre, affirming Sahara Group Foundation and Asharami Energy’s commitment to contributing to the advancement of healthcare services.

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The University of Benin Teaching Hospital was taken over by the Federal Government on April 1st, 1975 as the fifth teaching hospital coming after Ibadan Teaching Hospital and Lagos Teaching Hospital.

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