Resident doctors in the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Kwara State has appealed to individuals and organizations in the state to provide necessary materials that will help protect medical doctors against COVID-19.
Speaking while taking delivery of N1million Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) donated by the Olam group of companies to the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin chapter (UITH) on Friday, the president of the association, Dr Lanre Olosunde, described the action as humanitarian and timely.
Dr Olosunde, who commended the cashew processing company for the donation, urged other companies, non-governmental organisations, philanthropists and individuals to also help protect doctors in the front line against COVID-19.
“On behalf of the entire members of the Association of Resident Doctors, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, we hereby acknowledge and accept your generous and thoughtful donations to us in the face of this COVID-19 pandemic.
“The provision of these personal protective gears would definitely go a long way in empowering us and protecting us as front-line health workers in Kwara state as we confront this scourge head-on.
“Your core values of partnership, stretch and ambition further inspire us, and we look forward to forging lasting partnership even beyond this COVID-19 period,” he said.
Some of the protective equipment donated include medical face shields and medical face masks.
Also speaking, the Human Resources Manager of the company, Mrs Uduak Eweka, said the rate at which health workers were being exposed and infected with COVID 19 was alarming.
“We thus decided to reach out on what can be done to help protect our health workers”, she said, adding that the company was initially involved in the distribution of palliatives to different communities in the state and extended such gesture to the front line health workers.
She observed that all hands must be on deck in the fight against COVID 19, adding that nothing is too small and that everybody has a role to play in Nigeria in the fight against the disease.
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