UK Scientist Donates N200m Medical Equipment To Fed Poly, Ilaro
A UK-based clinical scientist and alumnus, Dr Tokunbo Ogunfemi, has donated medical equipment worth N200 million to the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State.
The sets of equipment were received during the meeting of the Governing Council of the polytechnic at the institution on Wednesday.
The equipment which comprises 12 microscopes, osmometer, blood sugar machine, sample tools for blood collection, disk incubators, protective jackets with gears and others has been taken to the medical centre.
Ogunfemi, a medical scientist and lecturer at a university in London, said the donation was part of his efforts to give back to his alma mater.
He stated that the medical instrument would allow students to gain practical knowledge.
He said, “There are about 10 equipment and each is within the worth £ 23, 000. The other four set, is £20, 000, and the last set is about £15, 000. Like I said, I didn’t pay for any of them. I collected them from the hospital where I work.
“Twelve microscopes for malaria parasites; they can use it to detect if you have short blood; they can use it to test anemia, food poison, diabetes, low sugar etc.
“There is one for the detection of early cancer; there are also microscopes – for detection of microorganisms and microbes; there are instrument to check people with staphylococcus among others.
“All those instrument belong to them. They are in the range of N150 million to N200 million. I didn’t pay for it but, I used about N1.5 million to ship it.”
The Chairman, Governing Council of the Polytechnic, Dr Veronica Ogbuagu, flanked by the Rector, Dr Olusegun Aluko, said the donation was received during the council meeting to serve as honour to the donor.
Ogbuagu who commended the donor for his kind gesture the institution, said the polytechnic would optimize the equipment.
She said, “We are indeed grateful and the institution will put it to maximum use.”
Also in his remarks, Aluko applauded the donor’s magnanimity, saying the gesture would boost medical facility and improve on learning by the students.