An NGO, Mathew Okpebholo Foundation, on Friday, donated an accident emergency medical ward building/equipment to the Central Hospital Uromi, Edo State.
Speaking during the dedication ceremony, the founder of the foundation, Bishop Mathew Okepebholo, said the construction of the accident and the emergency ward was to save lives.
According to the founder, the project was 100 per cent funded by the organisation, adding the project cost N100 million.
“This project we are dedicating today was designed many years ago when my daughter who is a doctor in England came and visited the hospital.
“She entered the ward and discovered that a child died because the hospital did not have oxygen. And she cried to me telling me that daddy we must buy them oxygen so from 2010 we have been buying them oxygen till 2013 when God told me to build Accident and Emergency ward for my community,” the philanthropist said.
“So this touched me and I decided to take it upon myself to build, equip the ward to aid emergency cases in the hospital.
“This project initially cost N50million but was finally completed with the sum of N100million,” he added.
Okpebholor said the project was initially conceived in 2013, but delayed due to government bureaucracy, adding that the project was later approved by the present government in 2020.
“The foundation has fulfilled its part and we are donating this project to Edo State Government who will later inaugurate the project. What we are doing is to dedicate the project to God and the people of the community,” he said.
The General Overseer, Omega Ministry, Johnson Suleman, who performed the dedication ceremony expressed delight over the donation.
Suleman urged other well-meaning Nigerians to support and help the less privileged in society.
“There are some people who have so much but they don’t give, you are not really blessed until you are a blessing to others. We should learn that anything that God gives to us is not for us, but for everyone,” the cleric admonished.
According to Suleman, What Okpebholo had done over the years “is to give back to the society what God has given to him especially in the area of health. So I encourage everyone to invest in the right places which is in touching lives.”
Suleman commended the Foundation for touching the lives of the people of Edo through his humanitarian gesture and urged other rich people in the society to emulate him.
The Mathew Okpebholo Foundation is an independent, humanitarian health organisation, founded by Bishop Matthew Okpebholo, clergy in the Church of God Mission.
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