The Shell Nigeria Gas Limited has donated medical equipments, worth 67.8million naira to the Ogun state government to combat COVID-19 pandemic.
The equipments include; compatible PCR machine and extraction kits as well as personal protective items for health workers.
Speaking at the handover-ceremony this Monday at her office in Okemosan, Abeokuta, the state Deputy Governor, Engineer Noimot Salako-Oyedele said the equipments will further enhance the medical capacities of the state to combat the pandemic.
Pointing out that more testing equipments will reduce the anxiety of patients over the time frame of turning out their COVID-19 test results, Engineer Salako-Oyedele stated that the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration is not relenting on its efforts at ensuring adequate provision of necessary health facilities.
While appreciating the Shell Nigeria Gas Limited for the support, she acknowledged other Corporate bodies and public spirited individuals as well as faith- based organisations who reached out to the government during this period, saying government alone cannot shoulder the enormous responsibility caused by the Coronavirus.
Earlierin a welcome speech, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker thanked Shell for being supportive to Health response in the state, saying the ventilators in particular will help in COVID-19 case management.
She added that the donation will put the state in a better stead in combating the pandemic.
Handing over the equipments on behalf of the Managing Director, SNG Limited, Mr Ed Ubong, the Agbara/Otta Asset Manager, Engineer Simeon Eze made it known that the medical items, along with the Real Time PCR and test kits, include 1-Mindray SV600 Ventilator, 25 degree laboratory freezer, RNA extraction kits, 200 pieces of High-Tech Coveral, Bouffant Hair cover and some other PPEs.
He informed that the PCR machine is approved by the Nigeria Centre for disease Control, (NCDC) to deliver Coronavirus molecular screening tests which will form the test-trace-isolate strategy in combating the pandemic.