As part of effort to curtail the spread of the COVID- 19 pandemic and its resultant effect in Ogun State, The United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) provided health care workers with personal protective equipment (PPEs) relevant to their level of response in 33 health facilities across 3 LGAs- Ado Odo Ota, Sagamu and Abeokuta South.
The PPEs and the lifesaving commodities are aimed at increasing access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender based violence response services across the selected Primary Health Care facilities in Ogun state.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) who is the Implementing partner of the UNFPA project in the state coordinated the handing over of the PPEs and Life Saving commodities.
The representative of PPFN in Ogun, Mrs Omotayo Adeyemo, who handed over the equipment on behalf of UNFPA to the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said that the gesture was part of efforts in supporting the sate government in fighting the scourge.
“We can’t say we are doing anything on COVID-19 without providing PPEs to health workers because they are at the frontline and they need to protect themselves; and that is what prompted this gesture,” said Adeyemo.
According to her, PPFN will support the Primary Health Care Board to distribute the PPE directly to the health facilities in the implementing LGAs – Abeokuta South, Ado Odo Ota, and Sagamu.
The equipment which contains examination gloves, long surgical gloves, facemasks and safety eye goggles would be distributed to the three local government areas for health workers to help protect themselves, to maintain access to essential health services including sexual health and Gender Based Violence response amidst the pandemic.
Responding, the Commissioner said that the donations were timely especially during this second wave of the pandemic in the country.
Coker promised that the essential items would be put to judicious use just as the state would continue to put in place more measures to contain the virus.
She commended the UNFPA for its support and called on all relevant stakeholders not to relent in providing support to the government in its bid to defeat the virus and strengthen the state health systems.