The United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) on Thursday donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to health workers working in 33 health facilities across three LGAs of Ogun State (Abeokuta South, Ado Odo Ota and Sagamu), as part of effort to curtail the spread of the COVID- 19 pandemic.
The equipment which contains examination gloves, long surgical gloves, facemasks, hand sanitizers, hand wash, disinfectant, safety eye goggles and Reproductive health kits would be distributed for health workers in Abeokuta South, Sagamu and Ado Odo Ota LGA, to help protect themselves from the deadly virus.
The PPEs and the lifesaving commodities are aimed at increasing access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender based violence response services across the selected Primary Health Care facilities in Ogun state.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) who is the Implementing partner of the UNFPA project in the state coordinated the handing over of the PPEs and Life Saving commodities to the state government.
The equipments were handed over to the Executive Secretary, Ogun State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola by the State Chairperson of PPFN, Mrs Tayo Ladejobi.
The PPFN Program Officer in the State, Mrs Omotayo Adeyemo, who said the donation was part of the second round of distribution, explained that the gesture was part of UNFPA efforts in supporting the state government in fighting the scourge.
According to her, PPFN on behalf of UNFPA will support the Primary Health Care Board to distribute the PPE directly to the health facilities in the implementing LGAs – Abeokuta South, Ado Odo Ota, and Sagamu.
Adeyemo said “In those three LGAs, over a hundred health workers have been trained on Covid – 19, infection prevention control, Creation of triage stations, Sexual and Reproductive health and we have been monitoring compliance. We are implementing it in 11 facilities in each of the three LGAs, making it 33 facilities.
“In each of this LGA, we will monitor the distribution and correct usage of the equipment in each of the facility.”
Responding, the Executive Secretary Primary Health Care Board, Dr Elijah Ogunsola applauded the UNFPA for the timely donations, saying it would assist the health workers from contracting the Covid – 19 virus.
The Executive Secretary promised that the life saving equipment would be used judiciously as the State would continue to put in place more measures to contain the virus.
Ogunsola, however, called on all relevant stakeholders not to relent in providing support to the government in its bid to defeat the virus and strengthen the state health systems.