The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has donated ventilators, ambulances and other equipments to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.
This is to aid the staff of the hospital in battling the pandemic that is spreading in the FCT.
The equipments handed over by NNPC to the hospital includes an oxygen generating plant; one brand new ambulance, six NNPC operational ambulance vehicles, one big ventilator, one small ventilator, patient monitor, hospital beds, bedside cupboards, overtop tables, air conditioners, fully automated 5-part hematology analyzer and semi-automated chemistry analyzer.
Other items handed over by the NNPC to the institution were blood alert culture analyzer, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) device, pro-express Samsung printer, binocular microscope, tabletop centrifuge, and pipettes.
In his comment during the presentation of the equipment, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Abba Kyari said the company is working hard to ensure that the pandemic is halted in Nigeria.
“In light of this, the Oil and Gas Industry is collaborating to strengthen Nigeria’s response to the pandemic. These efforts, coordinated by the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, will support Government agencies in providing urgently needed resources both human and materials required to curb this pandemic”.
The NNPC boss, in a statement on Sunday by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated that the Federal Ministry of Health had mapped out measures to curtail the disease in Nigeria, assuring that a multi-sectoral team, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was at the forefront of the effort.
In his commendation of the Minister of Health and the entire Ministry, the NCDC, the Public Health Department (PHD) of FCT, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and the entire medical community in the Country for their efforts in combating the virus, Kyari stressed that NNPC remained grateful for their dedication in safeguarding the lives of Nigerians since the disease broke out in the country.
He, however, appealed to individuals and corporate organisations to collaborate with the Federal and State Governments to ensure Nigeria defeats the virus.