By Edith Ike- Eboh
Abuja – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has donated 17 items to support the isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada to combat Coronavirus in the country.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Malam Mele Kyari, disclosed this at the unveiling of the item at the centre in Abuja on Friday.
“Government alone cannot do this, health systems world over are getting overwhelmed.
He said that the oil and gas industry was collaborating to strengthen Nigeria’s response to the pandemic, adding that the effort was cordinated by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre sylva.
Others are full automated 5-part Haematology Analyzer, Semi -Automated Chemistry Analyser,UPS, Pro- express Samsung printer, Binocular Microscope, Table top centrifuge and pippettes.
The GMD reiterated that prevention remained the only defense to the pandemic virus currently and urged Nigerians to stick to the basic guide by the health authorities.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Prof. Bissallah Ekele, commended the Corporation for its kind gesture.
He said that NNPC was the third group to have donated to the hospital to help in curbing the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
” This is the second or third time we are receiving huge support, we earlier had support from NCDC, FCT Administration and JAMB.
“NNPC donation is a big one and the most significant. I can say that this is prime in all that we have received so far,” he said.
He commended the Corporation and promise to make effective use of the equipment.
Also, the Managing Director of NNPC medical, Dr Mohammed Zango, said that the corporation would continue to be responsible in helping to serve the needs of Nigerians.
He said that the items was tailored to support the needs of the centre and ensure that Nigerians get the best of the services.
He urged the managers of the facilities to make judicious use of the donated items.