The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has donated over 16 different types of medical equipment to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, as part of its support toward the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
The Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, announced the donation in Abuja on Friday.
The equipment includes one oxygen generating plant, one ambulance, seven big Ventilators, three small Ventilators, six patient monitors, sixteen hospital beds, sixteen bedside cupboards and sixteen overtap table.
Others are sixteen air-conditioners, one fully automated 5-part hematology analyzer, one semi-automated chemistry analyzer, one bact/alert blood culture analyzer, one UPS, one Pro-express Samsung printer, one binocular microscope, table top centrifuge and two pippeters.
Kyari, while announcing the donation, noted that the federal government should not be left alone to bear the cost of equipping the facilities being used to fight the global pandemic.
He said, “Health systems, the world over, are getting overwhelmed. Countries with stronger health systems are struggling to contain the disease.
“It is obvious that to fight this menace, we all have to collaborate to ensure that Nigeria defeats the virus.”
TBI Africa had earlier reported that the NNPC in collaboration with 31 other oil firms had donated $30 million (N11 billion) towards the fight against COVID-19.
But Kyari noted that the NNPC on its own decided to donate the aforementioned equipment to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, to help the facility provide urgently needed medical attention as the federal government intensifies efforts to curb the spread of the virus.