The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has handed over medical equipment to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospitals in Gwagwalada, the Federal Capital Territory.
The gesture followed the bid to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the Country.
NNPC made the disclosure on Sunday in a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru.
The equipment handed over to the hospital by NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari include: an oxygen 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 helmsman to the institution are: alert blood culture analyzer, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) device, pro-express Samsung printer, binocular microscope, table top centrifuge and pipettes.
Kyari commended 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, stressing that the NNPC remained grateful for their dedication in safeguarding the lives of Nigerians.
“It is obvious that to fight this menace, we all have to collaborate to ensure that Nigeria defeats this virus,” Kyari appealed.
On his part, the Medical Director of NNPC Medical Services Limited, Dr. Mohammed Zango, said the corporation as a responsible organisation, was making the donation to meet the urgent medical needs of the isolation centre in Abuja and to make the centre more effective in delivering on its mandate.
Earlier, the Chief Medical Director of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Professor Bissallah Ekele, commended the NNPC for rising up to the occasion by supplying the essential medical equipment to the hospital, noting that the gesture would go a long way in helping the hospital to save lives.
Responding on behalf of NCDC’s Director-General Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director of Administration, Alh. Yahaya Abdullahi, described the donation by NNPC as the largest intervention so far received, even as he called on other corporate organisations to emulate them.