Superior Pharmaceuticals Limited has donated a defibrillator to the Federal Medical Centre in Kebbi State to reduce deaths of new born babies in rural areas. The Vice President, Superior Pharmaceuticals Limited, Mrs. Ruth Harrison, has said that the equipment was made available after a needs assessment conducted at the centre showed that many children with heart diseases had died due to the lack of it. Harrison has said that a defibrillator delivers a dose of electric current to the heart. It is equipment used to jerk patients who are unconscious back to life. It is a life-saving emergency machine that many hospitals don’t have. “We were told that many patients were brought in during emergencies and they could not save them because they didn’t have this equipment. So we had to give. We want to promote wellness in communities because this is how we can stop children and mothers from dying.” She has called on Government to address the power challenges in hospitals to improve the productivity levels of health workers. According to her, the requests for alternative sources of electricity supply have topped the requests from hospitals to the company. “When you get to many health centres, especially those in rural areas, you see health workers fanning themselves and patients sweating because there is no light. Hospitals should have alternative sources of power.” Harrison has said that the company also renovated the Pharmacy Department of Island maternity Hospital, Lagos and it would soon present generator to a primary health centre in Surulere, Lagos to boost their power supply.
She has urged corporate organizations and philanthropists to add value to the lives of the residents in communities where they work as part of their social responsibility.

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