NIGERIA – Nigerian Breweries Plc, through the Heineken Africa Foundation (HAF), has donated equipment worth over N48 million to the neo-natal unit of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

The donation forms part of the company’s contribution towards reducing infant mortality, thus complementing the efforts of the Federal Government.

The Provost, UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, commended HAF and NB Plc for the donations, noting that the partnership would undoubtedly contribute to the nationwide target of reducing infant mortality rate in the South region by 90 per cent.

“The idea of having a Foundation that looks into healthcare is something that needs to be emulated by other organizations.

“It is not just about profit-making but about supporting communities where they operate. We commend HAF because we know that many lives will be saved with this equipment,” he stated.

Some of the projects funded by the Heineken Africa Foundation in Nigeria include the Jaundice in Babies Awareness Campaign, the donation of a female orthopaedic ward in Kaduna in 2010, the gift of a CT scan (2013), and an ultrasound scanning machine (2015) at the St. Gerald’s Hospital.

Recently, the Foundation invested 622, 000 euros in partnership with WaterAid Nigeria to install over 1,000 handwashing stations in healthcare facilities and other public places as its contribution to the nationwide effort against COVID-19.

Some of the equipment donated include vetilator humidifier, five neonatal tubing ventilators, one bubble CPAP with stand, five nasal masks, five nasal prongs, five infant head bonnets, five flexi-trunk, five CPAP circuit, one incubator, one infusion pump, one resuscitate/warmer, one phototherapy, one neopuff, one during drive, one suction machine and one portable oxygen concentrator.

The donations follow, the company kick starting its year-long palladium jubilee celebrations with a raft of activities.

As it marks 75 years of existence under the theme “75 Years of Refreshing Lives”, the beer maker has unveiled a new logo depicting a bust of excitement and youthfulness, featuring the green and white colours of the Nigerian flag, a testament of being a proudly Nigeria company.

Outlining the planned activities to mark the year-long anniversary with all its stakeholders, the company has disclosed it will undertake a series of consumer activations, sponsorship, and celebratory activations nationwide as well as social media campaigns across the different channels.

Nigeria Breweries will also undertake social impactful initiatives such as tree-planting exercises, under its Brew a Better World agenda.

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