COVID-19: Kano takes delivery of medical supplies from oil, gas partners
Kano State Government has taken delivery of medical consumables, equipment and an ambulance from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC-led oil and gas industry coalition to boost its fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
Presenting the items to the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, over the weekend, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the coalition was determined to extend the industry intervention to all states of the federation.
Sylva added that Abuja, Rivers and the six states of the South West have already benefitted from the initiative, a statement by NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, said.
While giving a breakdown of the items which were donated by the NNPC and its partners - Chevron Nigeria Limited and Bovas and Company Limited, the stamen said the items included a Toyota ambulance, two full kits ventilators, one smith Rescue Pac ventilator for emergency and transport, ten pulse oximeters, 10,000 nose masks and 5,000 Nitrile examination gloves.
“Others are 250 face masks, surgical splash/fluid resistance face shield, 250 N95 respiratory valve, 100 PPE overall full kits, 100 PPE shoe covers, 2,000 PPE disposable caps and 500 Medimec surgical face masks,” the corporation said.
According to Sylva, the items were part of the N21 billion intervention initiative by the oil and gas industry, while expressing hope that the items would go a long way to stemming the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kano state.
He explained that the initiative covers three areas: provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure, while further disclosing that donations were outside the regular Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, initiative routinely deployed by NNPC and participating companies.
“I commend NNPC, the donor companies and other participants in this initiative for standing up to be counted at these trying times,” he stated.
Also speaking at the occasion, NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, hinted that the oil and gas industry was planning to build permanent and sustainable medical infrastructure in each of the nation’s geo-political zones.
“We have a plan to deliver permanent medical infrastructure to every state of the Federation and a specific intervention in the six geo-political zones. We are selecting 14 locations to construct the permanent infrastructure,” Kyari said.
He added that as a socially responsible corporate citizens, the oil and gas industry operators were focused on bequeathing some of the finest medical infrastructure that would outlive the COVID-19 pandemic.
On his part, Governor Ganduje, who lauded the Oil and Gas Initiative to combat COVID-19, said the intervention would go a long way in fighting the pandemic as well as complement the state government’s efforts.
He stated that the state had three functional isolation centers and that it has commenced distribution of palliatives to 50,000 households in the state.
Led by the NNPC, the Oil and Gas Intervention against the COVID-19 pandemic has membership drawn from International Oil Companies, IOCs, Indigenous Petroleum Producers, Major Oil Marketers, Crude Oil and Products Traders, Depot Owners and Petroleum Products Marketers.