The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has donated a renovated and equipped dialysis centre to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi (ATBUTH) Bauchi.
The centre named Enoch and Folu dialysis center is equipped with three new dialysis machines, a standby 33kva generator and water supply.
Commissioning the centre at the weekend as part of activities marking the 80th anniversary of the General Overseer RCCG worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed said the gesture has shown clearly that Nigeria is one and will continue to exist as an entity.
“For a Christian from the south of Nigeria to support health care services in far north is something that must be cherished.
“I salute your courage and that shows that you are following the good steps of Jesus Christ who during his stay on earth healed many sick people and raised the death”, the Governor said.
Mohammed who was represented by the permanent secretary ministry of health Ali Babayo called for unity among Nigerians irrespective of Religious background.
Intercontinental overseer Christian social corporate responsibility RCCG Pastor Idowu Iluyomada said the Church has so far executed 800,000 different projects in Nigeria in the past four years.
Represented by pastor Detola Akinremi, the intercontinental overseer said the donation of the Enoch and Folu dialysis center ATBUTH is the 21st significant health project the church has embarked upon.
Iluyomada added that in all, 37 dialysis machines have been donated to hospitals across Nigeria that include Wise District Hospital Abuja, UCH Ibadan, Healing Star Dialysis Center Lagos amongst others.
“We have also provided equipment to the Intensive Care Units at Plateau state specialist Hospital, Lagos state University Teaching Hospital, Redeemer and Ondo State School of medical sciences.
Others areas include a Cardiac Diagnostic center at Ondo, Referral hospital at the kirikiri maximum Correctional center to mention a few”.
Also speaking, the General Overseer RCCG worldwide Pastor Enoch Adeboye represented by pastor Julius Fola of RCCG Region 17 said the commissioning of the center is a sign of new beginning in Bauchi state.
“It is now time for Nigerians to see their neighbours problems as theirs.
“The dialysis center will restore health and hope among patients with renal failure, I know what been poor is as my growing up was full of lack”, said the clergy.
He said the” His Love Foundation” will continue to provide scholarships and humanitarian services to all countries that RCCG has a presence.
Chief Medical Director ATBUTH Dr Yusuf Jibrin said it has became imperative for alternative funding of health care services in Nigeria as government alone cannot do it.
“Alternative funding will go along way in assisting indigent patients, support through provision of structures and equipment .
Jibrin noted that with more dialysis machine, patients will no longer have to wait to receive treatment.
Chairman League of friends ATBUTH District Head of Bauchi Nuru Adamu Jumba said he sees the gesture as bridging the gap between Muslims and Christians in the country.
Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Dr Abraham Damina who spoke through Nathaniel and Abdulkadir Abdullahi of JIBWIS called for unity among Nigerians.