UNICEF, IHS Towers, others hand over gas plant to Ebonyi

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday inaugurated an Oxygen plant it built in collaboration with IHS Towers, Canadian government among other donor partners to Ebonyi state government.

Inaugurating the project, situated at Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital (AE-FETHA 2), the Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria,

Rowkan Khan disclosed that the gas plant project was funded by the government of Canada and IHS Towers.

Khan said, “The handover of the Oxygen Gas Plant signifies not just the inauguration of a facility but a commitment to the health and well-being of the people of Ebonyi state. It stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and dedication in addressing critical gaps in healthcare infrastructure.

“The partnership between UNICEF and the Ebonyi state government exemplifies what can be achieved when organizations come together with a shared vision.

“It reflects a joint commitment to strengthening health systems and ensuring access to life-saving medical oxygen, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.

“Throughout the journey leading up to this moment, we have seen the impact of collective efforts. From conducting rapid assessments to training healthcare workers and facilitating the dissemination of national policies, each step has been a building block toward a healthier future for Ebonyi state.

“As we look to the future, our focus remains on sustainable access to equitable quality health services which includes expanding medical oxygen production, harnessing

sustainable power sources such as solar energy,and establishing equitable distribution infrastructure.

“These efforts are essential for sustaining the impact of our initiatives and ensuring that healthcare remains accessible to all.”

Representing Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi state, the Deputy Governor Mrs. Patricia Obilla, appreciated UNICEF and said that government would ensure maintenance of the plant.

She charged the Chief Medical Director of Alex Ekwueme Teaching Hospital to ensure the plant produces enough oxygen for the treatment of patients in the hospitals.