A TALE OF FIVE CITIES
By now, it is getting pretty obvious that COVID-19 may be the new normal as no
one knows when the pandemic’s curve will eventually flatten. Experts say that the
best we can do for now is find a way to cope with it. One sure way is to protect
ourselves. Protecting ourselves against COVID-19 will not only help reduce new
infections but will also keep us and our loved ones safe. It is on this premise that
the Nigerian Red Cross Society, NRCS with support from the International
Federation of the Red Cross, IFRC and the Coca-Cola Foundation recently
donated tons of COVID-19 personal protective equipment to 5 States in Nigeria.
They are Lagos, Oyo, Kano, Rivers and the FCT. Officials of the various State
Ministries of Health received the donations.
In Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, the health authorities thanked the Red
Cross and the Coca-Cola Foundation for their kind gestures and for
complementing government's efforts in fighting the virus. In Ibadan, the Ministry
of Health urged the public to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and
stay safe. Receiving the items in the Federal Capital Territory, the health
secretariat says they firmly believe it is the responsibility of corporate organizations
in Nigeria to strengthen the fight against COVID 19. In Kano, the authorities say
the donation is timely considering the effort the government is making to ensure
the safety of its healthcare workers and the fight against the spread of the virus. In
Port Harcourt, the capital of the oil-producing Rivers State, there is a plan to
ensure the distribution of PPEs to all the emergency operation centres, treatment
centres and primary health centres as well as frontline workers.
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