From Tom Garba, Yola
Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF) is a philanthropic, non-governmental organisation with the vision to create access to primary health care, safe drinking water and eye care to remote and disadvantaged Nigerian population.
The Foundation started operation in 1992 in a small beginning that has now grown to international level benefitting two million disadvantaged children and adults in Nigeria.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Col. Prasad, also revealed that the foundation has restored the vision of over 100,000 people; 1.5 million mothers and children’s wellbeing is being secured and 1.9 million people given access to safe water. In Partnership with government agencies and other like-minded organisations, the TCF aims to make high quality sustainable and replicable models in primary health care, provision of safe drinking water and eye care in Nigeria.
While on facts findings, The Dream Daily visited one of TFC hospitals in Ngorore, Yola South Local Government of Adamawa State and interviewed the Program Manager, Dr Devendra Sonawane.
Sonawane told The Dream Daily: “Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF) was set up by the Chanrai Family. The family has been engaged in manufacturing and trade, and has multiple commercial ventures in Nigeria. The family is discharging their duty to the nation through its philanthropic wing, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation in Nigeria. The foundation provides much needed health care and safe drinking water to the rural poor across all geo-political zones.
“Is part of our corporate social responsibilities and services to the good people of Nigeria. It is our own way of saying ‘thank you’ for the long-lasting relationship between Nigeria and the founder of TCF Mr J. M. Chanrai.”
Devendra stated that their services were free for pregnant woman, lactating mothers, infants, and undernourished children. People living with HIV and AIDs, TB patients also receive free care through the hospital.
He thank the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and Local Authority of Yola South Local Government for being partners in progress, calling on the people to come for their free medicals tests.
When it went round the hospital, The Dream Daily came across women and children on admission who stated that the TCF “is the best hospital” they have around.
Sa’adatu Musa, who left Namtari village in Yola to Ngurore which is close to the state capital and is suffering from heart related sickness expressed her satisfaction on the way she was taken good care of free of charge.
“This place is the best for me, the white men are so caring and always up and doing. In fact, this hospital has the most qualified staff with good medical equipment, taking care of us free and their medicines are almost free compare to other hospitals in Jimeta,” she said
Another lady, Grace Yusuf, who had typhoid and malaria thanked the management of the hospital for giving her low cost drugs compare to other hospital in the area, expressing her joy that she was now better.
Director, Primary Health, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, Dr Rajesh Kapse reinstated TCF commitment to strengthening quality primary health system of the country.
He urge the government and NGOs to partner with the organisation for the good health of all and sundry in the country.