Port Harcourt – The Shell Nigeria Gas Limited, SNG, says there is need for the government and companies to strengthened the country’s medical infrastructures, as the country battles the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
Managing Director of SNG, Mr. Ed Ubong, also mentioned the need for improvement on the nation’s power infrastructure as well as telecommunications, in the country.
Speaking on a live radio programme in Port Harcourt, Ubong explained that on its part, the company has donated medical equipment, medical consumables and was also helping the government to set up isolation centers, in the fight against COVID19 in the country.
The SNG boss, who spoke on the kind of infrastructure which the country needs to put in place for emergencies such as COVID19, particularly identified power, medical and telecommunications, as areas which improvements have to be made.
“Individual companies and governments, and everyone need to strengthen our medical infrastructure and how we respond to public health crises of this nature.
“Like I said before, we have done our part by donating medical equipment and consumables to hospitals; helping the government set up isolation centres.
“But of course, these sort of efforts need to be sustained on a long term because you don’t know when a pandemic of this nature would reoccur.”
Ubong also said it was a great thing that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, had declared 2020 as the year of gas, hence gas infrastructure would be developed to close some of nation’s power deficits.
“Also, having people lockdown for 24 hours a day means most of them would require power to be able to set up effectively: whether they are working from home or just spending time with their families.
“These also put a lot of pressure on the power infrastructure. This is an area where, of course, improvements have to be made.
“We must also develop the telecoms infrastructure. We are all relying on our phones to communicate with families, communicating with friends, communicating for work purposes. But that is also putting a lot of strain on that infrastructure.”