Airtel backs DRASA on healthcare interventions

Leading telecoms services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has thrown its
weight behind the Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (DRASA) Health Trust to
commemorate Nigeria’s first anniversary after the World Health
Organisation (WHO) declared the country Ebola-free last year October 20th.

To
mark the anniversary, DRASA Health Trust, a non-profit organisation
formed in memory of the late doctor who risked her life to contain the
first case of Ebola in Nigeria, has unveiled robust healthcare
initiatives aimed at preventing future outbreak of infectious diseases
in Nigeria.   


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At the event which took place at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday (October 21st),
DRASA Health Trust said the health programmes include the Outbreak
Preparedness/Response, Simulation Training and #ItStartsWithMe Campaign.
Speaking
on the telco’s support to the Trust, Director, Corporate Communications
& CSR, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Emeka Oparah, noted that Airtel Nigeria
is committed to offering relief to Nigerians through its various CSR
programmes, saying Airtel and DRASA are passionate about initiatives
that will transform lives and empower more Nigerians.
According
to Mr. Oparah, Airtel Nigeria, as a responsive organisation, gave its
support to the government’s team last year by donating items towards the
fight against the Ebola Virus.
“It
is in the DNA of Airtel Nigeria to continuously strive to proffer
solutions to alleviate difficulty or challenges and extend a helping
hand to underprivileged people through its charity programmes like the
Airtel Touching Lives programme, a revolutionary CSR initiative that has
impacted on the lives of individuals, people and communities across
Nigeria,” he said.
Commenting on the DRASA initiatives, Trustee member, Dr. Ama Adadevoh, noted
that under the Outbreak Preparedness/Response, the Trust will partner
with relevant bodies to train 1000 experts across the country on the
spectrum of outbreak response for Ebola and other infectious diseases,
develop 
  university  curriculum  based  on  the  EVD  Guide and develop  a  digital  platform  of  the  EVD  Guide  for  further  dissemination.
“While
under the Simulation Training, DRASA will champion  medical  simulation
 for  students  and  health  professionals  to  fill   a  critical  gap
 and build capacity  in  medical  ethics  and  infectious  diseases.
Speaking
further, she noted that both ethics and infectious diseases control are
areas where there is limited expertise in Nigeria, however, Dr. 
Adadevoh exemplified the essence of an ethical medical practitioner when
she contained an  infected  patient  at  personal  danger, making her
truly  faithful  to  her  Hippocratic  Oath.”
The third part of the programme is the #ItStartsWithMe Campaign held last week Thursday, October 15th to mark the Global Handwashing Day.
At
the event Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo was
represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr.
Linus Awute, while Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode was
represented by Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Healthcare,
Dr. Femi Onanuga. Airtel Nigeria’s team at the event included 
Head, Public Relations, Adefemi Adeniran; Director, Enterprise, Tawa Bolarin and CSR Manager, Chinda Manjor.
It
would be recalled that last year, Nigerian government swiftly responded
to the index case which was recorded in July in Lagos, but it was
successfully curbed and the WHO declared Nigeria Ebola-free on October
20th.
Late
Dr. Adadevoh courageously identified and contained the first case of
Ebola in Nigeria. Her heroic efforts prevented an outbreak in Nigeria.
DRASA was created in her honor to reflect her passion and continue her
legacy of providing high-quality healthcare in Nigeria.

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