Noma Aid Nigeria Initiative (NANI), in collaboration with German Hilfsaktion Noma eV, has partnered with the Ministry of Health to establish an 80-bed treatment centre within the premises of the National Hospital, in Abuja.
The Noma Centre Abuja, a life-changing initiative, will be officially unveiled on NOMA Day, drawing the participation of government officials, NGOs and private sector representatives. NOMA is a life-threatening disease that predominantly affects children aged two to six, particularly those in impoverished households.
Funded by small donations from individuals in Germany and Austria, the treatment centre signifies a crucial step in NANI’s commitment to eradicating Noma disease in Nigeria.
Located centrally in Abuja for easy accessibility, the purpose-built treatment centre is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for reconstructive surgeries and provides a specialised environment for the rehabilitation of Noma patients. Importantly, all services will be offered free of charge, aligning with NANI’s dedication to serving the healthcare needs of vulnerable communities.
The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Pate emphasised the holistic approach to improving population health, addressing the burden of Noma disease and restoring the dignity of affected individuals.
NANI’s national coordinator and head of the new center, Dr. Charles Ononiwu expressed the organisation’s commitment to creating an environment where children not only receive expert medical care but also experience a nurturing atmosphere conducive to recovery and rehabilitation.
The Noma Centre Abuja will be staffed by a highly trained team of surgeons and healthcare professionals, ensuring the highest standard of care. Support services, including physiotherapy and counselling, will aid patients on their recovery journey.
NANI plans to conduct community outreach programmes to raise awareness about Noma disease, encourage early detection, and educate communities on preventive measures.
Chief medical director of the National Hospital Abuja, Prof. Muhammad Mahmud praised the initiative, stating that the collaboration aims to bring significant relief to those suffering from Noma.
The opening ceremony of the Noma Centre Abuja will include a facility tour, speeches from key stakeholders and a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark its official inauguration. This centre stands as a beacon of hope and healing for individuals affected by Noma, reflecting NANI, the Ministry of Health’s collaborative efforts and supporting donors in advancing healthcare in Nigeria.