Location: Egbe, Kogi State, Nigeria
Language: Yoruba, Yagba, Hausa, English
The goal of the Egbe Hospital Revitalization Project has been to remodel ECWA Hospital Elbe (commonly known as Egbe Hospital), which includes updating the buildings, updating medical equipment, restoring water and electricity to the 33-acre campus, and recruiting additional talent to care for the steady flow of patients.
Date: October 2016
A team of 20 volunteers accompanied the Revitalization Project leaders to Egbe. Team members included project donors, representatives of World Medical Mission and CURE International, private businesspeople, a dentist, teacher, and financial advisors.
Since the start of the project, the Revitalization Project team has seen incredible progress with more than 350 construction and medical volunteers from the US and Canada. Water supply has been stabilized; medical staff has been recruited, and internet services installed. A new 12,000 square foot building was completed with six patient examining rooms, a large out-patient department, an intensive care unit, laboratory, x-ray department, children’s ward, isolation ward, and dental clinic.
Qualified doctors and nurses work under the medical director’s leadership providing specialty training on patient care and use of equipment. They also volunteer in an out-patient department, the wards, eye clinic, pharmacy or laboratory; inventory equipment, organize medical records or support the medical team as they develop best practices.
Construction volunteers have used their skills in carpentry, welding, masonry, plumbing, electrical, vehicle and mechanical work, or completing the finishes in renovating/building missionary houses and hospital infrastructure throughout the revitalization. Non-medical or non-construction volunteers with accounting or organizational skills have supported the office and guest house facilities, or been involved in organizing, sorting, labeling, inventorying equipment and tools, computer work, training or participating in one of the local ministries.
Volunteers were delighted to participate in giving the hospital’s medical director the scrubs that were donated by FIGS. Over the course of the two weeks, it was encouraging to see staff wearing the scrubs and commenting on what a blessing it was to have new, comfortable fitting scrubs!
All photos provided by The Egbe Hospital Revitalization Project.