By Yetunde Fatungase
On Thursday, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to health workers at 33 facilities in Ogun to reduce the number of Covid-19s.
The equipment includes examination and surgical gloves, face masks, hand sanitizers, hand washing products, disinfectants, safety glasses and reproductive health kits.
The Nigerian Family Planning Federation (PPFN), an implementing partner of the UNFPA project, coordinated the delivery of PPE and rescue kits to the state government.
PPFN program officer in Ogun, Ms. Omotayo Adeyemo, said the move was part of UNFPA’s efforts to support the state government in the fight against COVID-19.
She said that the PPFN will in turn support the State Primary Health Care Council to distribute the items to the health facilities implemented in the local government areas of Abeokuta South, Sagamu and Ado Odo / Ota.
Some of the rescue kits are aimed at improving access to reproductive health and gender-based violence response services in some primary health care facilities in Ogun, ” she said.
“In these three regions of local government, more than 100 health workers have been trained in the prevention and control of COVID-19, the establishment of triage stations and sexual and reproductive health.
Triage stations are points located just before a health facility where patients are screened before they can access them.
“We have also monitored compliance and are implementing it in 11 facilities in each of the three local communities, making it 33 facilities.
“In each of these areas, we will monitor the distribution and correct use of the equipment in each of the facilities,” said Adeyemo.
PPFN State Coordinator Ms. Tayo Ladejobi handed over the equipment and kits to the Executive Secretary of the Ogun State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola.
Ogunsola commended UNFPA on the timely donation and said it would help state health workers protect themselves from contracting the Covid-19 virus.
He promised the equipment would be used wisely just as the state would continue to put more measures in place to contain the virus.
Ogunsola called on all stakeholders to continue supporting the government to defeat the virus and strengthen its health systems. (NOPE)
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