The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, has donated ventilators to some hospitals in Bayelsa State as part of its corporate social responsibilities to support the fight against the spread of the novel Coronavirus and to improve effective treatment and recovery of COVID-19 patients in the state.

The NCDMB donated complete units of Synovent Ventilator E3 (40 – 200ml) with accessories, cart, tube assembly and oxygen masks to  the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Diete-Koki Memorial Hospital, Opolo and Tobis Clinic & Consultant, Akenfa.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote who handed over the items to the beneficiaries explained that the donation is in fulfillment of the Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement Pillar in the Board’s 10-Year Strategic Roadmap. 

Engr. Wabote said the Board decided to support the federal and state ministries of health and other stakeholders in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state, as he noted that the two most important needs of man were food and health. He added that the Board places priority on the health and welfare of its staff.

“If our staff are not healthy, they will not be productive. Hence, we synergize with the health sector to make sure we give them appropriate health care as prescribed by the law.”

He however expressed delight that none of the staff of the Board has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic due to strict adherence to the Covid-19 safety measures prescribed by the Presidential Task Force and the Public Service Rule on Essential Duties.

Engr. Wabote stated that the Board which was established in 2010 by the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development, NOGICD, Act was one of the first agencies to support the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic by supporting the Bayelsa State government by providing food items, medical equipment, and ambulances to combat the spread of the virus.

The Head of Clinical Services, Dr. James Omietimi who received the items on behalf of the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Dr. Dennis O. Allagoa, extolled the Board for discharging its corporate social responsibility creditably and supporting the state during this difficult period and assured that the equipment will be deployed effectively.

Similarly, the Medical Director, Diete-koki Memorial hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Fetepigi and the Chief Medical Director, Bayelsa state Hospital Management Board, Dr. Doubara Donkumo applauded the Board for its continuous support to the health sector in the state and the country at large.

Also, the Medical Director, Tobis Clinic & Consultants, Dr. Bonsome Bokolo who received 3 units of the ventilators also applauded NCDMB for supporting and collaborating with the private sector of the healthcare system.

During the donation, Engr. Wabote also commissioned a newly built ultra-modern Critical Care Centre at Tobis Clinic & Consultant hospital in Yenagoa.

By Sunday Elom N

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