Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba Foundation in partnership with the Heroic Discovery and Community Development Center (HEDCODEC) has honoured eight healthcare workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for their selfless service to humanity.
The award ceremony held on Thursday, July 27, 2023, in Abuja, was to commemorate the United Nations Public Service Day.
It was aimed at celebrating and encouraging the most outstanding healthcare front-liners who had demonstrated and achieved great excellence in their field of endeavour.
The eight healthcare workers were selected from Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Bwari, Kuje, and Gwagwalada Area Councils of the FCT.
In his keynote address, the Coordinator, Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), Dr. Aminu Magashi, praised the awardees for embracing their roles with unwavering commitment, compassion, and expertise:
“These healthcare workers have gone above and beyond their call of duty, tirelessly serving humanity and making a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals.
“In a world where healthcare is a fundamental necessity, these remarkable individuals have embraced their roles with unwavering commitment, compassion, and expertise.
“They have dedicated their lives to providing care, comfort, and healing to those in need, often in the face of immense challenges and adversity.
“They have been the guiding light for patients and their families, offering solace during times of pain, hope during moments of despair, and unwavering support when it is needed the most,” he said.
On his part, Chairman, National Advocates for Health (NA4H), Hon. Mohammed Usman stated that their acts of kindness and empathy had not only healed physical wounds but also mended broken spirits and restored faith in humanity.
“These healthcare workers have witnessed the fragility of life, the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of compassion.
“They have stood on the frontlines, facing the most daunting of circumstances, and have emerged as beacons of hope in our communities.
“Their unwavering dedication to their profession and their unwavering commitment to their patients have earned them the utmost respect and admiration,” he said.
According to Usman, let us take a moment to reflect on the impact these healthcare workers have had on the lives they have touched.
“Their tireless efforts have saved lives, brought comfort to the suffering, and instilled a sense of trust and confidence in our healthcare system,” Usman said.
Executive Director of HEDCODEC, Mr. Kabir Abddulsalam, called on Nigerians to also recognise the importance of supporting and valuing the healthcare workforce just as they had done.
“They are the backbone of our healthcare system, working tirelessly day and night to ensure the well-being of our communities.
“It is our collective responsibility to provide them with the resources, support, and recognition they deserve.
“You have shown us the true meaning of selflessness and have set an example for others to follow. Your impact will be felt for generations to come, and we are forever grateful for your service,” he said.
One of the awardees, Ms. Iyabo Omotoke Balogun, a Family Planning Provider, Kuje, PHC, commended the organisers for celebrating their noble contributions to the betterment of humanity.
Balogun prayed that their stories serve as a reminder of the profound difference that one person can make in the lives of many.