- JJ Riders Nigeria International has donated Heart Start Defibrillators worth several million naira to some hospitals.
- The beneficiaries are Barau Diko Teaching Hospital and 44 Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna
- The riders said they are committed to touching lives in positive ways as part of their core values and mandate as a group
Kaduna – As part of their contribution to humanity and healthcare services in the society, JJ Riders Nigeria has donated Heart Start Defibrillators worth millions of Naira to the International Barau Diko Teaching Hospital and the 44 Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna.
JJ Riders who rode their motor bikes from across the country under the leadership of their Chairman, Board of Trustees and President TJ Ibrahim Mathew said they are committed to touching lives in a positive way as part of their core values and mandate as a group.
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While presenting at both hospitals, Mathew said they are an exclusive group of similar young Nigerian international touring and adventure bikers based in Abuja.
“Our mission is rooted in charity, youth development and peace advocacy. It is in line with our belief that we have donated multi-million naira hospital equipment to the Barau Diko Teaching Hospital and 44 Army Reference Hospitals in Kaduna.
“It’s in line with what we’ve wanted to do and we’ll continue to do that to support some of the good work we’ve seen in the country. To support hospitals serving the public
“If you look at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, it is a military hospital that also caters to civilians and that is why we have decided to support them today.
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“We are an international touring bikers organization, with support from sister biker associations around the world.
“In Africa, recently, at the beginning of the year, we were in Niger Republic where a school was donated by bikers, last month we came back from Cote d’Ivoire, we have support from this sister biker association and we support them and they support us. And that’s how we get support for certain things.”
He also disclosed that as an association, they plan to meet with the Governor of Kogi State to commiserate with him over the recent flood disaster in the state and that they will assist no less than 200 flood affected families with relief items.
“We will be partnering with NDLEA before the end of the year on youth development and you know we have to channelize the energy of the youth properly and ensure that they are properly supported and developed.”
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Reacting soon after receiving the equipment, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Barau Diko Teaching Hospital, Professor Abdul Qadir Musa Tabari said:
“The device is used in emergency situations especially to save lives of patients with heart disease. Often, we lose patients because we don’t have these facilities immediately available.”
On his part, the Acting Chief Medical Director of the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Colonel Nddi Stephen Onuchukwu also commended the bikers for enhancing the hospital’s capacity in health delivery services and for assuring equitable use of equipment.
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