Abuja — As parts of efforts towards tackling the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Friday, donated 17 different medical items to the COVID-19 isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja.
This is coming hours after it mobilised oil and gas firms operating in the country to intervene with over $30 million in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,
The items the NNPC single-handedly donated to the isolation centre in Abuja comprises ambulances, oxygen generating plants, 10 ventilators, patient monitor, hospital bed, bedside cupboards, overtop tables, air conditioners, and full automated five-part haematology analyzer.
Others are semi -automated chemistry analyser, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system, pro- express Samsung printer, Binoculars, microscope, table-top centrifuge and pippettes,.
Speaking during the presentation of the items to the centre in Abuja, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, however, cautioned that prevention remained the only defense to the pandemic, while he urged Nigerians to stick to the basic guidelines provided by the health authorities.
He said, “We are all part of history. The year 2020 will go down as a year of the first major pandemic in the modern world.
“We are acting locally as part of the global effort in combating this scourge. Our response today, therefore, will go a long way in determining how well history will judge us.”
Kyari affirmed that government alone would not be able to do all that is needed, while he called on other corporate organisations to complement the efforts of the government.
The NNPC chief executive further stated that the oil and gas industry was collaborating to strengthen Nigeria’s response to the pandemic, adding that the effort was cordinated by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva.
He said, “We will support government agencies in providing urgently needed resources, human and material, required to curb this menace. Government alone cannot do this. Health systems world over are getting overwhelmed.
“Countries with stronger health systems are struggling to contain the disease. It is obvious that to fight this menace, we all have to collaborate to ensure that Nigeria defeats this virus.”
“NNPC on its own is providing the 17 items to support the isolation centre at the university of Abuja Teaching hospital in Gwagwalada.”
Accepting the items on behalf of the centre, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Professor Bissallah Ekele, commended the NNPC for
its kind gesture, stating that the NNPC was the third group to have donated to the hospital to help in curbing the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
He further commended the NNPC and promised to make effective and judicious use of the equipment.
He said, “This is the second or third time we are receiving huge support. We earlier had support from the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Federal Capital Territory Administration and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.
“NNPC donation is a big one and the most significant. I can say that this is prime in all that we have received so far.”