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Gov. Ambode Commissions RCCG City of David’s Ultra-modern Dialysis Centre, Dental Centre and Reopens its Charity shop‎

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L-R: Pastor Frank Ozomah, Ben Willie, Barrister Mike Ibezim, Chinedu Chigbu, Sohil Monasiru, Dr Umesh Nichat, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Dr Ezinne Onyemere and Pastor Tosin David (Board members)

The dialysis centre and dental unit were commissioned by Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor of Lagos State, represented by Dr. Jemilade Adegoriola Longe, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health.

Dr Alonge cutting the ribbon of the new wing of the Hospital

The Healing Stripes Hospital is a specialised health care facility where quality healthcare services are provided at subsidized rates. The Hospital was established in May 2010 as part of its Christian Social Reform. The hospital has attended to over 13, 000 patients, 5, 482 patients have received care free of charge through the church welfare programme. The goal is to ensure that quality healthcare is accessible, affordable and reliable to the community.

Dr Alonge formally opening the new wing of the Hospital
Dr Alonge (Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Lagos State, Representative of Governor of Lagos State) giving the Governor address
The dialysis centre, which added 10 more machines to its operations, was opened in September 2013 to serve the needs of patients with kidney disease. Statistics show that 30 million Nigerians are suffering from kidney disease. However, only 200 machines are available to serve them, far below the requirement of 12,000 machines. The expansion of the dialysis centre makes a contribution of filling the gap.

To date, the dialysis centre has conducted 2,092 subsidized dialysis sessions and 102 free sessions. Partnering with some hospitals in India, the centre has also successfully conducted 5 kidney transplants.

The Healing Stripes Cancer Screening Centre Surulere, an offshoot of The Healing Stripes Hospital was established in June 2011 as the first faith based Cancer Screening Centre for free screening and awareness. The Centre has done free cancer screening and therapy for more than 17, 542 people in Lagos State.

The dedication of the dialysis centre is made possible from the donation and goodwill of our partners“, said Dr. Ezinne, Chief Medical Director of The Healing Stripes Hospital. “We are delighted to commission the centre today and further impact the society through our CSRs“.

In another dimension of its Christian Social Reform, the church also reopened its Charity shop named It’s New to Me. It was initially launched on June 11, 2009 and is located at House 3, Prince Alaba Oniru Estate Victoria Island opposite Four Points Hotel. The Charity shop was relaunched by Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, the Pastor in Charge of City of David.

Cutting of the Ribbon L–R: Bukky Aneke, Pastor Emeka Ndu, Joy Etiaba and Pastor ID Iluyomade

It’s New to Me is focused on the sales of new and high quality used clothing, household items, toys and furniture. These items are donated to the shop for sale at rock- bottom prices. Consequently, it makes available high quality items at ridiculously low prices to those who may not ordinarily be able to afford them.

It’s New To Me Team L–R: Chidozie Madu , Sola Aiyepeku, Segun Agboola, Bukky Aneke, Joy Etiaba, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Emeka Ndu, Jair Utodio, Lanre Oniwinde and Segun Fatuberu

The event also saw Governor Ambode commission the Arise Women’s free clinic. This initiative was established as an NGO under the leadership of Pastor Siju Iluyomade and in conjunction with The Healing Stripes Hospital. The clinic has reached out to over 26, 000 individuals in various communities through free medical care.

To conclude the event, donation of medical equipment and consumables were made to The Healing Stripes Cancer Screening Centre and National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi.

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16 Comments

  1. Tari

    September 10, 2015 at 11:50 am

    This is very commendable.
    Churches are really beginning to find way of being socially relevant. This must be supported. I will find this NEW TO ME shop and contribute to it.
    Instead of using their pulpits to prop up barbarians masquerading as political leaders and spreading get rich quick schemes in the name of prosperity, churches must be encouraged to use their massive goodwill for such social crusades.
    This article is heart warming on every level.
    Well done RCCG!

  2. Mohammad

    September 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    This is a massive disgrace. A state government handing over their responsibilities to a privately “owned” religious institution who then take out a paid advertisement promoting the commissioning. Who exactly benefits from these sorts of things. Why won’t religious institutions expect to have clout in matters that do not concern them in Nigeria which is meant to be a secular society?

    • Nma

      September 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Please shut up! Your comment is a massive disgrace.

    • Mohammad

      September 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Na so de truth pain you reach? You get plenty problems my friend

    • Tunde

      September 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      @Mohammed, what makes this a massive disgrace? I think you are only voicing your anti-christian sentiment and which is baseless.

      Whether you and your likes like it or not, the Church is marching on in Jesus name. AMEN

    • Mohammad

      September 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      In your haste to criticise me, you miss the point of my ire. Obviously, I have no problem with the fact that someone comes in to fill the gap left by the incompetence of our government. What I object to more strongly is how shameless the state governor is, “commissioning” a project that he hasn’t worked to achieve. That was his responsibility and his leaving it in the hands of private individuals who do it for profit leave the most vulnerable members of society with no service. The other thing is the unfair advantage such groups will now have because of how they are performing government duties. Remember how last year a GO of a church claimed to not have any tax responsibility because the government had done nothing? More incidents like these will be the result of this sort of policy. We need to ask more from our government.

    • mrtee

      September 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      He is not the only one, when will our people know that the government has responsibility to the nation, if not for all the resources that has been squander we can have 20 of these and even more sophisticated diagnostic units all over the country,am sure you hard the allegations against previous Lagos state governor how funds have been wasted on various fake projects; is it not true that this is a private enterprise ? they just invited the government officials to the opening in order to boost recognition of some sort, Look at the universities these churches set up, how many less privilege parents can afford their fees? Please stop the religious sentiment . go and check their prices and see if it will be affordable by ordinary people, they are masquerading as charity but infact it is a profit making organization. i remember when i was a kid in 1971 i had accident at Osogbo, the general hospital did not have the required equipment, i was taken to Wesly Guild hospital at Ilesha, the operation was done and my parent was not asked for a kobo, that is what a charity is suppose to do; help the needy. My people have been bamboozled and the have lost their power of reasoning. Instead of demanding that the government do it’s duty to the nation we blindly follow these religious dogmas , if the government do it’s duty to the nation there will be less miracle seekers and peace will reign in the communities, instead of all these noise and disturbances day and night. We need social justice and accountability. Have you seen the news lately? how so many Nigerians are embarking on perilous journeys to Libya in order to cross to Europe WHY? i like to get your answer.

    • mrtee

      September 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Spot on, our people have been blinded, this is government responsibly to the nation, we should not be going to India and Malaysia for medical treatments at this stage in our history. we can have one in every LG if we want but the resources has been siphoned into private pockets.

    • Feyiboy

      September 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Lives are being touched my brother.. that is all that matters

  3. NaijaPikin

    September 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Pple donate the items, and RCCG sells the items. Na blad. I’ll donate to my friends soup kitchen. She gives the items out for FREE.

    • Laura

      September 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      The shop is a going concern, remember? Be fair.

  4. Noms

    September 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    My people, this is a laudable project but DIALYSIS as related to Kidney failure is a waste of time ooo.
    Most Nigeria hospitals delay patients with dialysis (up to year) instead of telling them the truth early that only KIDNEY TRANSPLANT is the best management of kidney failure.
    They delay these patients to the point where it is very bad and then recommend transplant.
    It is true that most of these patients can’t afford dialysis let alone transplant but if they know on time, they can actually source for funds.
    We have seen people who use social media to ask for funds and most of them are already in very terrible shape.
    Again, I guess if people don’t see how bad the patient is with all the machine fixed on the person’s body, they won’t offer any form of assistance. I would blame them for not helping because so many people have been taken advantage of.
    The pride in Nigerian doctors sometimes is responsible for some deaths that can be avoided.
    Well done, City Of David

  5. Just nigerian

    September 10, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I’m curious about the new to me project. So they get the items for free and then sell it at a price. Really?! How?

  6. Zed

    September 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Yes they sell the items and the money is used to feed the poor

  7. kema

    September 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Google is your friend..or go to the church website to read more about Its new to me. Items are donated and they resell at low cost…same happens in the US/UK and other countries…charity shops, Goodwill, thrift shops…all built on the same concept. I donate to such cause (in Lagos and abroad) rather than throw certain used household stuff away. Lets say i got a set of new pots or new microwave, i will rather donate it to someone who will pay and value the item than dash someone who may come back and tell me na used item i give them (even though they need it).

  8. bunmi

    September 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

    This is commendable…. well done.

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