MTN Nigeria has donated protective materials and equipment to Lagos State to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
While taking delivery of the materials at the Lagos House in Alausa, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State governor assured Lagosians that progress is being made towards the full containment of the deadly disease in the state.
The materials donated by MTN Nigeria include protective kits like elbow-length gloves, knee boots, rubber apron, among others and sanitizers for health givers and related health workers at the isolation centre and other members of the Health Team.
The latest gesture is in addition to the donation of call centres by the company for receiving emergency Ebola Alert calls from effected person and their relations and friends.
Expressing gratitude to MTN Nigeria for the gesture, Governor Fashola said the priority of the State government is to contain the spread of the virus to prevent any outbreak of the disease adding that although the State is not yet free from the disease it has gained more control than when it started.
According to the Governor, “the health team accepts this gesture, but I also wish to use this opportunity to reiterate, as I said in my broadcast a fortnight ago, that while we understand and appreciate the humanitarian concerns that propel this kind of gesture, the real problem is the sufficiency of experienced virologists and Ebola specialists in managing this and when the sub-region, as it were, is challenged on many fronts, that capacity thins out.”
Earlier in his remarks, Paschal Dozie, Chairman of MTN Nigeria, said the gesture was in appreciation of the State Government’s commendable efforts in containing the Ebola Virus Disease adding that the proactive steps of the administration was profound and worthy of praise. “The reaction was profound, dignified and heroic. You behaved as if you were waiting for it to happen.”