The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has donated a 500 KVA generator and 10,000 litres of diesel to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), to enhance its operations.
Speaking at the formal presentation of the facilities, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq said the support would ensure steady power supply to various sections of the hospital, especially the Burn Centre constructed by the NEDC.
Farouq, who was represented by her Special Adviser on Humanitarian Matters, Group Capt. Sadiq Shehu (rtd), said the Buhari administration would continue to support humanitarian programmes and projects in sectors that have direct bearing on the welfare of the people in the north east region.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of NEDC, Mr Mohammed Alkali said the delivery of the generator and diesel was in fulfilment of a promise made at the inauguration of the Burn Centre constructed in the hospital by the commission.
Alkali re-iterated the commitment of the commission to continue to support critical sectors, particularly the health sector.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UMTH, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, lauded the development which, he said, would go a long way in addressing the challenge of steady power supply in the hospital.
Ahidjo, who recalled an incident when the hospital experienced total blackout, said the intervention by NEDC was a big relief.
The CMD, who listed other interventions by the NEDC to the hospital, to include drugs, ambulance, beddings and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), said the commission had continued to remain the backbone of support to not only UMTH but other Federal and State government hospitals in the North East.