Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has again partnered with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Abuja for a Cardiac Surgery Mission to provide care to patients who could not afford the sensitive medical procedure.
In an earlier intervention and assistance by Julius Berger in June of this year, the company funded the cardiac surgical procedure for five patients mostly children whose ages ranged from 10 months, 18 months, and two years to 12 years.
According to a statement issued by the company on Friday, the financial expenditure per patient in the Julius Berger’s sponsored operations last June included hospital admission and investigations, operation consumables and anaesthesia drugs, intensive care unit fee, and post-operation drugs.
Speaking on the development, the management of the Abuja FMC said the high cost for the surgical procedure per patient derived from the recent increase in the cost of cardiac surgery consumables.
It added: “Thus, there was the need for collaboration with Julius Berger to help the children with financial assistance to save and preserve their lives.
“We will like to use this opportunity to appreciate this partnership gesture (from Julius Berger Nigeria Plc), while we look forward to more partnerships and collaboration as we still have a large number of pediatric cases with heart conditions who cannot afford it.”
Also speaking, the Chief Risk Officer of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Mustapha Shakira, said the company “places great premium on life and would remain proactive in its CSR initiatives, particularly to sustainably protect and preserve lives in our operational communities.”
“Children, we also recognise, are the future of our society. Therefore, within our sustainability policy at Julius Berger, we are privileged and feel honoured to partner with the FMC to save the lives of the children.”