Written by Godfrey AKON

Covid-19: oil companies donate N11bn to quell pandemic

As part of efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, oil companies have donated N11 billion to Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said the companies which include: international oil companies, IOCs, and independent oil companies in the upstream and downstream sectors, embarked on an industry-wide collaboration to support efforts to combat the pandemic and its attendant impact on the Nigerian population and its economy.

Kyari spoke in Abuja at a briefing in response to the escalating novel coronavirus disease in the country.

He said the intervention was in alignment with the ongoing efforts by the federal government in collaboration with the NCDC to curb the pandemic.

The NNPC boss further explained that the intervention is aimed at supporting our national healthcare delivery facilities and covers three key thematic areas: provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system; and Delivery of medical infrastructure.

According to him, the three thematic support initiatives amount to $30 million, an equivalent of N11bilion, and will be delivered in phases, starting from last Friday.

Kyari said the increasing demand for medical services and consumables covering testing kits, medical protective suits and ambulances to the highly impacted areas across the federation informed the intervention of the Oil Industry.

While stating that as a responsive and responsible Industry, the Oil and Gas Industry is taking this action to strengthen the collective national resolve to stem the pandemic, he said the effort was a collaboration between the NNPC and its partners in the upstream and downstream sector of the nation's oil and gas industry.

He further stated that as a National oil company, the corporation on its own, would equip the intensive care unit of the University of Abuja Teaching hospital with 16 beds; provide ventilators and a dedicated laboratory, declaring that the medical infrastructure would be made available to the hospital immediately.

A statement by the spokesperson of NNPC, Dr Kennie Obateru, said some of the medical items to be donated to the NCDC include 200 ambulances, 86 ventilators, 2,000 test kits, over 4,000 coveralls and laboratory equipment, as well as one diagnostic centre and several medical equipment.



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