As part of its contribution to strengthen efforts of Government in combating the spread of coronavirus pandemic 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 which includes 1 Mindray SV600 ventilator; 25 degree 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 mask; KN95 Mask with Respiratory and Hand Sanitisers.
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, said management of COVID-19 has become a collective responsibility as government cannot do it alone, appreciating private sectors in the country for rising to the challenge.
’’ In February when the first index case was taken to Lagos for test, His Excellency, Governor Dapo Abiodun at a meeting immediately directed that testing centres be established in the state and now the state can boast of its own testing centres in Sagamu and Abeokuta respectively. We really did not see it coming this bad but his Excellency had this foresight and the exemplary way which he has so far managed the pandemic in the state has been lauded and even emulated all across the country,” she said
Engr. Salako-Oyedele added that the state government also realised that there was need for the state to work and develop its own capacity without relying on neighbouring states or the Federal government’s support in cushioning the effect of the pandemic in the state by setting up Isolation centres and providing relief materials for its citizens.
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 case was on the increase daily and government alone cannot provide the wherewithal to manage the pandemic, calling on more organised private sectors to support and collaborate with the state government so as to collectively fight the disease.
Earlier in his address, the Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Gas Limited, Mr Ed Ubong represented by the Agbara/Otta Asset Manager, Engr. Simeon Eze, said shell remained committed to supporting the state government efforts in managing the pandemic, having recognised urgent inadequacy in testing capability in the state and country at large.
Mr Ubong said the PCR machine and other extraction kits approved by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to deliver COVID-19 molecular screening tests will boost the state’s medical facilities as well as allow healthcare personnel and support staff to do their jobs professionally and safely.