By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.
Save the Children International Nigeria has presented fifty million worth of covid-19 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) materials to the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) to support government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The items donated include, washing hand buckets, protective gowns, sanitizers, eye googles, face masks, gloves and other vital health supplies.
Presenting the items in Abuja, the representative of Save the Children International Nigeria, Nwamaka Ifionu said the organisation have been supporting the government from the start of the pandemic adding that containing the pandemic demands collective responsibility as it affects Nigerian as a whole.
She also explained that Save the Children have redesigned its programmes to be adaptive to the current situation by providing palliatives to the downtrodden to cushion the effect of the pandemic.
“The organisation’s cash transfer, food voucher, and water provision programs continue across selected states with additional hygiene dignity kits shared to vulnerable families to accelerate cleanliness and sanitation actions in response to the pandemic”.
According to her, children are the most vulnerable to diseases outbreak and should be protected by all so as to be able to develop the resilient that is needed to thrive through the pandemic.
“During infectious disease outbreaks, children face multidimensional risks, including exposure to the infection, indirect risks to accessing education and healthcare services; while the government’s priorities are focused on minimising contamination, and direct risks to their overall care and protection”.
” it is our responsibility to protect vulnerable children and families from this disease, and we need to support our government and partners who are at the frontline in the coronavirus response”.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Federal Capital Territory Samson Eriba, Deputy Director Planning FCTA commended the organisation for supporting the government in providing PPEs to healthcare workers to ensure that they are protected from the disease.
He added that the preventive items will be deployed to markets, hospitals and wherever they are needed so that individuals will take advantage and protect themselves.
Chairman Sub-committee on Medical, FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on Covid-19 Ejike Oji said the PPEs are timely and of great importance to the FCT administration. He said the materials will help health workers in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic to protect themselves thereby putting a stop to infections to health care workers in the line of duty.
Same gesture has been extended by Save the Children International Nigeria to the Lagos State government.