by Ben Ndubuwa
As part of it’s N1 billion covid-19 intervention project the Nigeria LNG Limited early this week handed over a 10-bed Holding Centre, which it donated to the Bonny Zonal Hospital as part of support to it’s host community.
This hand over comes closely on the heels of the donation of two vehicles, medical and other materials to the Rivers State Government in Port Harcourt
The company had earlier revealed that it was committing to N1 billion in various interventions in the State.
Handing over the facility to the Hospital, Tony Attah, NLNG’s Managing Director, represented by Godson Dienye, the company’s Manager, Community Relations, said the sustained resolve to actualise NLNG’s vision of “helping to build a better Nigeria” continues to inspire the company’s passion to establish a healthy society.
“This has been the thrust of all of Nigeria LNG’s socio-economic intervention programmes in the community and I am happy to note that our efforts are well received and are impacting Bonny and our other host communities positively” Attach said.
While receiving the facility, the Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, represented by the Medical Officer in charge of the Zonal Hospital Bonny, Dr. B. Babep, said the Holding Centre will be efficiently managed to promote good health and secure the safety of residents of Bonny Local Government Area, just as the Bonny Community Health Insurance Programme, a partnership between NLNG and the State Government, is already doing.
“NLNG has consistently proven to be a reliable development partner through its numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives which have had direct bearing on the well-being of the masses” Babep said.
“Only recently, the company demonstrated once again that it is a friend to Rivers State by its donation of medical equipment worth over $500,000 to the State Government to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Company also pledged an intervention at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital worth $1 million.”
Other items donated by NLNG for use on Bonny Island included one oxygen bank consisting of five bull nose cylinders, 10 drip stands, 10,000 one-fit N95 health care particulate respirator and surgical masks, 25,000 surgical masks, 50,000 nitrile gloves, 12,500 hooded coveralls with boots, 70 respirators, five suction machines, three single air conditioners for consulting rooms, five split air conditioners for wards, wall mounted hand sanitizers and 10 patient monitors.
NLNG ‘s other programmes to boost the healthy well-being of people on Bonny Island include the Bonny Malaria Eradication Programme instituted in 2019 to cut malaria-related mortality among women and children under-five to zero and make Bonny Island Nigeria’s first malaria-free zone.
NLNG stated that its contribution to the fight against the pandemic is in line with its vision of “…helping to build a better Nigeria”.