The government of Ogun state continued to support private organizations in the state when they received an 80-bed isolation center donated by Unilever Nigeria Plc and Lafarge Africa Plc.
The donation should keep the fight against COVID-19 in the country strengthened.
When the center opened recently, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun praised the companies for their tenacity and renewed battle against COVID-19.
Abiodun, represented by his deputy, Ing.Noimot Salako-Oyedele, promised to staff the center with qualified health workers and expressed that the gesture would nip the spread of COVID-19 in the state in the bud.
Ogun State Health Commissioner Dr. Tomi Coker commented on his delight at the intervention.
He said, “Our strategic engagement has enabled us to work together to provide this facility to deal with cases of COVID-19 and other potential health outbreaks in the state. We thank both companies for this gesture. “
The managing director of Unilever West Africa, Mr. Carl Cruz, stated that Unilever was working with Lafarge in donating the facility
Part of the company’s vision and commitment to making sustainable living everyday.
He said, “Much of our operations are based in Ogun State. Over the years we have continued to have a close relationship with the governor, government and citizens of the state. As a state with one of the largest industrial concentrations in Nigeria, we enjoy state support. Unsurprisingly, we are here today to further push the boundaries of providing cutting-edge health facilities to support government and its people in their quest to create a novel health system to address COVID and other health challenges. “
“Our response to the pandemic was through our hygiene products, which were donated to state governments (with Ogun as a primary beneficiary), NGOs, religious bodies and UN agencies valued at N1.5 billion. In addition, we donated over 16,000 COVID tests and 6 ventilators to support the healthcare system at a time when there was a shortage of test kits during the pandemic.
Cruz said the company will continue to work with governments and multinationals to help the state reach its full potential as the investment destination of choice.
Describing the center, he said, “This isolation center is a purpose-built medical facility with an intensive care unit (ICU). It has an in-house facility for polymerase chain reaction tests (PCR), an ambulance, a computed tomography (CT) scan facility, an operating room, mobile X-ray machines and multi-parameter patient monitors.
For his part, Khaled El Dokani, Lafarge Africa’s Managing Director and Country Chief Executive Officer, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to building sustainable cities while supporting initiatives to promote health and wellbeing.
“As a company committed to making progress for people and the planet, Lafarge stands resolutely side by side with the government and the people of Ogun state in fighting the spread of the coronavirus and alleviating its impact on people. This isolation center is a continuation of our support for communities and the government of Nigeria to limit the human and economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“As we are handing this facility entirely to the Ogun state government, we believe it will build resilience in our communities by improving the capacity to isolate and treat new cases of infection and Covid-19. The donation from the facility also reminds us that the new coronavirus is still with us, so we should continue to take all necessary precautions to prevent infection and spread of the virus. “
He added that amid the decline in coronavirus infection cases, the company is now focused on working with government and communities to reduce infections and eventually eliminate the new coronavirus.
“This would allow the Nigerian economy to enter a post-pandemic phase, boosting investment, productivity and job creation,” he said.
Lafarge Africa has pledged N 500 million ($ 1.28 million) as part of the company’s intervention program to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The provisions consist of medical infrastructure including ambulances and essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals.
The program also includes providing food aid to the company’s host communities to help cushion the impact of home-stay measures designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. At the height of the pandemic, the company converted its Ashaka facility into an isolation center, fully backed by electricity generators. This intervention affected over 11,000 families across Nigeria.