By Juliet Umeh
As a part of its contribution to assist Nigeria fight coronavirus with cutting-edge medical infrastructure, telecommunications companies supplier, Airtel Nigeria, has commenced the refurbishing and equipping of a four-storey infectious illness centre and admission facility for using Specialist Models within the Division of Drugs on the Lagos College Educating Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba.
Airtel Nigeria had introduced in July that as a part of actions marking a decade of doing profitable enterprise in Nigeria, it might be spending N300m to help the combat towards COVID-19, being the ultimate a part of the N1.9b it promised final April on the early phases of the pandemic.
In keeping with the Managing Director and Chief Government Officer of the telco, Segun Ogunsanya, N200m can be invested in refurbishing and equipping the infectious illness centre at LUTH; N50m to Lagos State Authorities to obtain Private Protecting Tools, PPEs for Lagos State Well being Employees and N50m for the procurement of a Molecular Laboratory to be supplied by 54 Gene with the capability for 300 assessments per day for Ogun State.
Additionally, the Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Professor Chris Bode, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the telco for its form gesture, citing it as a major contribution from the personal sector to bolster efforts to curtail the unfold of infectious illnesses equivalent to Coronavirus within the nation.
He stated: “Airtel has additional demonstrated its altruistic nature by way of this dedication, as this is not going to solely assist us fight the virus successfully but additionally give us a cutting-edge medical infrastructure post-COVID-19.
“The ward that Airtel is at present renovating was commissioned 58 years in the past underneath the directive of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria and this marks a momentous event within the hospital’s historical past. I want to say an enormous thanks to the administration of Airtel and its stakeholders for this laudable mission. I’m optimistic this can considerably reinforce Nigeria’s efforts in tackling the pandemic and finally defeating it,” he stated.
Additionally acknowledging Airtel’s contribution in direction of the supply of Private Protecting Tools, PPEs, for well being staff in Lagos, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, expressed appreciation to Airtel Nigeria for standing to be counted throughout this unsure and significant interval simply as he reiterated his administration’s dedication to preventing the pandemic in addition to mitigating the influence on the folks of Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu recalled that Airtel Nigeria workers had been the primary worker group to make a donation of N20m from their private contributions which, to him, was a extremely considerate and commendable gesture worthy of emulation.
Commending Airtel for its help to Ogun State, the Governor of the State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, stated: “I want to categorical our profound appreciation to your group for magnanimously providing to help the efforts of Ogun State Authorities to comprise the unfold of COVID-19 with the procurement of a State-owned Molecular Laboratory.
“It’s broadly believed that the warfare towards coronavirus might solely be fought and gained by aggressive testing, therefore, your help will go a good distance in making certain that the State can present continued testing for her citizenry whereas additionally constructing our capability for a sustainable testing regime,” he said.