As part of its contribution to strengthen government’s efforts in combating the spread of coronavirus in Ogun State, Shell Nigeria Gas Limited has donated medical equipment worth N67.8 million, to enhance the state’s medical capacities and capabilities.
The medical equipment included: 1 Mindray SV600 ventilator; 25degree laboratory freezer; RNA extraction kits; 200 pieces of High-Tech Coverall-Medical Personal Protective Equipment; Bouffant Hair Cover; Single Use Apron; Disposable Linen; Surgical Face Masks; KN95 Mask and Hand Sanitizers.
Receiving the items on behalf of the State government in her office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, said management of COVID-19 has become a collective responsibility, appreciating private sector in the country for rising to the challenge.
Engr. Salako-Oyedele added that the State government realised the need to develop its own capacity without relying on neighbouring states or wait for the Federal government’s support in cushioning the effect of the pandemic by setting up Isolation centres and providing relief materials for residents of the State.
“We really did not see it coming this bad but His Excellency, Governor Dapo Abiodun had a foresight and the exemplary way which he manages the pandemic in the State has been lauded all across the country’’, she said.
In their remarks, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Tayo Lawal said the statistics of the coronavirus cases were increasing daily, calling for more support from organised private sector, to collectively combat the pandemic in the State.
Earlier in his address, the Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Gas Limited, Mr. Ed Ubong, represented by the Agbara/Ota Asset Manager, Engr. Simeon Eze, said shell remains committed to supporting the State’s efforts in managing the pandemic, having recognised inadequate testing capability in the State and country at large.
Mr. Ubong said the equipment and other extraction kits approved by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to deliver COVID-19 molecular screening tests would boost the state’s medical facilities, as well as allow healthcare personnel and support staff to safely perform their duties.