Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Lee Group of Companies on Wednesday donated 100 units of hand washing stations and 300,000 pieces of biobase face masks, respectively, to Lagos State Government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 100 units of Hand Washing Station were produced in two variants.
The Type A, has a mounted water tank and meant to service areas where there are no reticulated water source.
The Type B will be installed where there is reticulated water source that can be connected directly at public places so that members of the public can have access to water and dispensable soap to wash their hands.
Receiving the donations, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, called on residents to take personal responsibility in curtailing the COVID-19 pandemic by practising social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing face masks.
He urged other corporate organisations to partner with the state government in the fight against COVID-19.
“ When we wear face masks, we protect people around us.
“ l urge all to practice social distancing, regular wearing of face masks and washing of hands regularly,” he said
Earlier, Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, said that the state had adopted all internationally accepted safety protocols to stop the spread of the virus in Lagos State.
She expressed joy that the Organised Private Sector did not leave the burden of curtailing the spread of the COVlD-19 to government alone.
“Many of them have undertaken or provided one facility or the other to assist the state government in this regard.
“Procter and Gamble actively collaborated with the state government in the production of the 100 units of Hand Washing Stations amongst other support extended to by the company, as part of the fight against COVID-19.
“Other measures put in place was the initial total lock down to minimize the spread, various ongoing campaign to enlighten the people on how to protect themselves from being infected,” Adebowale said
The special adviser said that the hand washing stations would serve both senior and junior primary school pupils.
“This approach in totality is to foster the culture of good hygiene practices among the citizenry as regular hand washing with soap and water is a very important way of reducing the spread of the virus amongst the people.
“In view of the fact that schools would be partially opened anytime soon, being a proactive government, the Office of Civic Engagement has designed and produced a prototype Hand Washing System for primary schools in the state.’’
In her remarks, Representative of P&G company, Dr Tope Iluyemi, commended Lagos State Government for its leadership role in containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
She noted that regular hand washing remained one of the frontline defences against the spread of infectious diseases including COVID-19.
“We are glad Lagos State Government included hand washing campaign in its framework for COVID-19 prevention and control.
“The hand washing stations will promote hand washing while driving habit change amongst Nigerians.
“With the hand washing stations strategically positioned in high risk areas such as markets, hospitals and local government offices, we are confident that people will not only be encouraged to wash their hands but extend their hygiene to their homes’’
Mr Philip Seng, Representative of the LEE Group, commended the efforts of Lagos State Government over the management of the COVID-l9 pandemic in the state since the index
case was reported in February 2020.
“Being the epicentre, the state government has shown great determination, professionalism, care and candour in tackling this pandemic.
“As a responsible corporate citizen and in support of the state government’s efforts in tackling this pandemic, our group donated these face masks with the belief that it will go a long way in assisting the government in fighting the pandemic,” he said
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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