By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
With worsening living standards, the need for quality healthcare cannot be ignored, hence all organisations both corporate or religious must rise to the occasion by performing their social responsibilities as their contributions to sustaining the wellbeing of Nigerians.
As part of its Christian Social Responsibilities and also part of programs done to celebrate the 40th year ordination of Pastor E.A. Adeboye as the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG), the church through its Christian Social Responsibility arm, His Love Foundation (HLF) on Thursday 11th February 2021, dedicatd a Kidney Dialysis Center at the Pastor Enoch And Folu Adeboye Intensive Care Unit at The Health Center, RCCG Camp, Mowe, Ogun State.
The Dialysis Center which was built and equipped to bring critical healthcare solution closer to the people for the benefit of humanity in general, and the host community in particular is also driven by the mantra of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) to touch people’s lives, with emphasis on improving standards of living by providing good education and health through infrastructural development.
The event had in attendance representative of Ogun State Governor, Dr Tayo Lawal, Special Assistant to the Governor on Health; Dr. Ololade Kehinde, Senior Special Assistant on Health; Pastor Remmy Hassan, Special Adviser on Media and Public Communication to Ogun State Governor ; Hon. Lanre Oyegbola Sodipo, Abeokuta North Local Government Chairmanship Aspirant and Media Consultants to HLF; The Continental Overseer Africa 1 and National Overseer Nigeria of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Joseph Obayemi; Intercontinental Overseer on Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) Pastor Idowu Iluyomade; Pastor J. F Odesola, Continental Overseer Middle East and Assistant General Overseer Admin and Personal; Pastor Joseph Adeyokunnu, Financial Controller RCCG and other senior Pastors in the Redeemed Christian Church of God .
Pastor Adeboye became the G.O of the RCCG ministry on January 21, 1981, and still holds the position till present. At the dedication of the Kidney Dialysis Center which is part of the RCCG’s contribution to help ameliorate the challenges the people of the state and the country are facing, Pastor Adeboye, the General Overseer of RCCG, who was represented by Pastor Joseph Obayemi, Continental Overseer Africa 1 and National Overseer Nigeria said he has a lot to be grateful for after so many years of leading this ministry. He stressed the importance of the church’s Christian Social Responsibility arm as being what the lord Jesus Christ demands of the church and that the church will not relent on its efforts to impact lives positively by providing spiritual and physical support to everyone irrespective of where they are from in Nigeria. He believes that the availability of a Kidney Dialysis center within the location will prevent unnecessary deaths arising from inadequate medical infrastructure around the area and to the glory of God, many lives will be saved and added to God’s kingdom. He re-emphasised the need for everyone to be closer to their creator as the surest way to live a happy life.
Pastor Adeboye further thanked His Love Foundation team lead by Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Special Assistant to the G.O on CSR, for making the dream a reality.
Pastor Idowu Iluyomade while responding said ,“The RCCG through its CSR arm has been very concerned about the loss of lives due to inadequate healthcare facilities in the country which makes Nigerians spend over 3billion dollars annually on health-tourism seeking state of the art health facilities in countries like India and the UAE. Its our belief that with the commissioning of this kidney Dialysis Center, which is a sequel to several another donations in the health sector like the donation of the first ICU attached to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Lagos in 2017, followed by the ICU in Jos Specialist Hospital, Plateau in 2018 and the Pastor Enoch and Pastor Folu Adeboye Intensive Care Center in Redeemed Health Center, Mowe, Ogun State, these are in addition to several other projects executed over the years in the areas of education, skills acquisition and feeding of over 60million people for free in the past one year, the church continues to live within its expectation as a church that truly understands its Christian social responsibilities; this he said is a confirmation of the broadness of mind of the General Overseer and the reach of the church”.
His Love Foundation, a charity arm of the Church, has been supporting healthcare delivery in the country from inception through interventions that guarantees quality health care through provisions of diagnostics centers, laboratories, pharmaceuticals, kidney dialysis and ambulance services.