Concerned with the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria and in particular Ogun State, Xiaomi Nigeria, has donated 25,000 pieces of surgical nose masks to Ogun State government as part of its contributions towards curbing the spread of the disease in the state.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the state government in her office, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, appreciated the organisation for the generous donation towards the management of the pandemic, adding that the donation might not be the largest one so far but the state government can never have enough of such donations.
‘’ Now in Ogun state, our health professionals have been monitoring the disease in several locations which means more and more of our health professionals are being exposed to people who suffers from COVID-19. It is very important that we protect them and this is one of the ways to do that. His Excellency is passionate about making sure that our health workers are protected because they are the frontline workers and we cannot do too much for them’’ she said
The Deputy Governor noted that yesterday was a hundred day since the first index case in February and it has been an eventful period, saying that government have had to learn on the run about the management of the pandemic in the country and the state despite the increasing rate.
Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the team, who is the Marketing Director of Xiaomi Nigeria, Mr Habeeb Somoye, said Ogun state is the first state to receive the company’s support in the country being the state with the index case, noting that fighting COVID-19 pandemic requires collective support as government cannot fight the disease alone.
Mr Somoye added that the company is starting in the state with 25, 000 pieces of surgical nose masks, saying that the little support would protect the state’s frontline workers in the process of providing health care services to the affected patients.
While commending the state government’s efforts at flattening the curve of the pandemic in the state, the team leader also advised citizens of the state to adhere strictly to the rules especially the wearing of nose masks and maintaining social distancing.