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COVID-19: Bag company, Mastercard Foundation to produce, distribute free PPE

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My World of Bags (MWOB), a bag design and manufacturing company, is partnering the Mastercard Foundation to produce and distribute free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health workers and the general public across South West Nigeria.

The initiative called Project SafeUp, is aimed at promoting health and safety for Nigerians amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Femi Olayebi, Founder and CEO, MWOB, made the disclosure on Thursday at a media session to introduce the project.

She said that the PPE to be produced and distributed included reusable non-surgical masks, face shields, gowns and scrubs, shoe and head covers.

Project SafeUp is committed to enhancing the use of PPE by Nigerians and to reducing the spread of COVID-19 by sensitising the public on the critical need to incorporate preventative measures in their day-to-day activities.

“The PPE would be distributed to health workers and the general public across South West Nigeria, including Oyo, Lagos, Osun, Ondo, and Ekiti as well as to other areas in need across the country.

“Following the outbreak of COVID-19, MWOB retooled its factory to focus on the production of PPE and established key partnerships with small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

“ The project is designed to produce and distribute over 2.5 million items of PPEs within the next four months,’’ she said.

Olayebi said the company is committed to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

“As a company, My World of Bags is proud to be a part of the solution and honoured to be able to contribute to the efforts of the authorities and health bodies to protect our health workers and our citizens from the devastating impact of COVID-19.

“We believe that a country is only as strong as the health and wellness of its citizens.

“We are grateful to the Mastercard Foundation for their support and look forward to continuing to work with them to improve the welfare of our citizens,’’ she said.

Chidinma Lawanson, Country Head, Mastercard Foundation, said: “The pandemic has had adverse effects on individuals and organizations across the country.

“But for many entrepreneurs and small business owners who make up most of the Nigerian population, and who rely on day-to-day incomes to survive, it has been particularly detrimental.

At the Mastercard Foundation, we believe that this initiative will help to reduce these adverse effects by enabling people to safely return to their regular routines (education and work) with the use of PPE.

“It will improve the economic outcomes of low-income subgroups and women in particular; and contributing to slowing down the spread of the virus,” Lawanson said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that institutions and organisations interested in receiving PPEs can send in requests through the company’s official website at https://www.myworldofbags.com/.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu
Source: NAN

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