The Nigerian Navy headquarters in Abuja on Thursday took delivery of 29 high quality ventilators for the treatment patients of Corona virus infections at Nigerian Navy hospitals whenever the need arises.
Country Representative of OCEA Nigeria, Mr. Yemi Aluko who made the donation disclosed that as a partner of the Nigerian Navy in the maritime domain, the company felt the necessity to support the Navy’s high class hospitals particularly in Lagos and Calabar as well as its 40 bed Isolation center recently commissioned in Lagos with the ventilators.
He said, “In this global trying period of COVID 19, it is important that the Navy is at the forefront of the solution and infrastructure in the fight of the pandemic so we felt there is need to support the Navy.
While noting that OCEA shipbuilding actually procure 50 of the ventilators to support the federal government and the Nigerian Navy, Mr. Aluko stated that 20 units was earlier donated to the federal government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 led by Mr. Boss Mustapha.
In his response, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ekwe Ibas who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed, commended OCEA for the donation of the ventilators noting that it will go a long way in enhancing infrastructure already put in place for treatment and isolation of COVID 19 patients.
“The impact of the pandemic has indeed affected personnel and the way we do things as well as the economy. The ventilator being a critical element for treating the virus is really a welcome support for our hospitals”, the COPP said.
“Before now, in compliance with federal government directives on COVID 19, directives had been issued to all formations and personnel on how to contain its spread and the measures put in place have been strictly adhered to.
“The Nigerian Navy has constructed a 40 room isolation center in Lagos to take care of those who show signs of infection. The Navy is also looking at our hospitals with a view to providing necessary facilities necessary for treatment especially in Lagos and Calabar.
“All our formations have also been provided with the necessary standard operating procedures to ensure the protocol of the federal government and the World Health Organization is adhered to in all Naval activities”, he added.
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