MedShare often has interesting visitors that inspire us with their ventures in making a difference in health care. We recently got the pleasure to meet Dr. Adeniyi Olowu, an Internist from New York.
On his way to visit his native country of Nigeria where he had practiced medicine for 20 years, Dr. Olowu made a pit stop at MedShare to gather 100 lbs. of medical supplies from the MedTeam Store. He had no idea where he was going to distribute the supplies, but knew there were areas of Nigeria that were in desperate need of them. After hearing about MedShare from an extended family member in Boston, he decided to pay us a visit and find out how he can get medical supplies to Nigeria.
He was in Nigeria for a month, and during that time, he traveled all over the country delivering medical supplies to various rural clinics and hospitals. He said many of the clinics did not even know him, as he came in to their facility like a medical Santa Claus armed with needed medical supplies such as, syringes, dressings and catheters. He described the medical staff at one clinic being close to tears when they saw what all the medical supplies he had brought them.
After witnessing the level of need during his travels, Dr. Olowu returned to MedShare on his way back to the States to express his desire to ship a 40-foot container of needed medical supplies and equipment. He plans to work with a recipient in Lagos, Nigeria to distribute the specified supplies and equipment to the various rural clinics that desperately need them.
We were inspired by Dr. Olowu’s dedication to helping improve health care in his country, and look forward to working with him to get this container to Nigeria!