Egbe Hospital in Nigeria was founded in 1952 by SIM mission workers Dr George and Esther Campion.
Located in the small town of Egbe, over the years, the hospital has grown from a small maternity clinic, to a 75-bed, multi-service complex that serves a 100-mile radius of rural villages and small towns, whose approximately 200,000 tradespeople, cattle herders and small business owners, rely heavily on the hospital for medical care.
In 1976, the medical complex was transferred by SIM to Nigerian mission organisation, ECWA (Evangelical Church Winning All). When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the SIM-affiliated facility faced a daunting task: protecting patients and staff from the virus, while fighting against a lack of education and information.
However, thanks to SIM’s COVID-19 Health Ministry Immediate Response project, funds were available to provide staff with critically-needed personal protective equipment (PPI) along with cleaning and medical supplies.
The hospital was also able to provide preventative handwashing stations at multiple locations and supply local church and community leaders with educational materials, such as leaflets and billboards.
The relief fund has helped to relieve some of the burden many of SIM’s medical ministries are facing and support dedicated healthcare professionals, like SIM UK’s Dr Mikey Bryant, who are determined to carry on their ministry.
Mikey, who serves at the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, where many Ebola patients were treated in 2014, said: “God has asked us to stay and serve the people of Liberia. He has called us here for such a time as this. These are the people who he has loved and sent his son Jesus Christ to die for. Our lives are not our own, they are his, and we have the privilege of serving him.”
- For hospital staff as they continue to upgrade their response to the virus and that many lives will be saved; both physically and spiritually.
- Give thanks God is at work through his people to show compassion and grace during a time of great need.
- For the fund to help SIM ministries in countries with few resources and fragile health systems as suffering and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues.