Francis Ezem

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA has donated a total of 20 ventilators to the Federal Government amid increasing global demand for the equipment to boost the fight against the spread of COVID 19 pandemic in the country.

The ventilators are equipment that assists patients in breathing, a process sometimes referred to as artificial respiration, which are basically needed at this time to help fight the disease.

Director General of the agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh who made this known in Lagos at the weekend,  also announced the donation of the sum of N50 million; with N30 million going to the Presidential Committee on COVID-19 Intervention and N20 million to the Lagos State Government to boost its efforts at controlling the spread of the pandemic.

The DG also announced that NIMASA has volunteered six of its fast intervention vessels to facilitate movement of health workers and other logistics in the maritime sector, just as volunteers from the agency will be deployed to join first responders from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC, Lagos and other states in managing the spread of the pandemic.

Jamoh stated that, “the coronavirus pandemic is upon humanity. It came suddenly upon a virtually unprepared world, and demands drastic actions from all and sundry to contain the virus and salvage our common humanity. We are concerned about the effects of the pandemic on the socio-economic life of the country, especially at a time NIMASA, Nigeria’s maritime industry regulator, is driving a Blue Economy campaign, to make maritime a key part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic diversification agenda.”

It was also gathered that NIMASA has also volunteered four fully equipped brand new ambulances, four Hilux trucks and four 36- sitter coaster buses to support and facilitate land based transport and logistics in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Cross River and Kaduna States.

Other medical equipment donated by the agency to enhance the fight against the COVID- 19 in Nigeria include, 60 beds, 20 -patient ICU monitors, 20 oxygen concentrator, 10 infusion pump, 10 syringe pump, 20 oxygen giving set, 10 suction machine and 100 sets of personal protective equipment PPE, among others.

“This is our little contribution to aid the robust efforts of the Federal and State Governments to fight the virus. It is our token of love, concern for Nigerians and a gesture of appreciation to the authorities’ proactive measures in this collective fight against a common enemy”, Jamoh added

Recall that the COVID-19 is currently ravaging the world with more than 600,000 persons infected with the virus and over 30,000 deaths recorded across the globe.