In view of the medical challenges in the Nigerian health sector, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in collaboration with other key players in the oil and gas industry, is investing N11.1 billion (53%) of the N21 Billion COVID-19 intervention fund of the group, into the construction of two hospitals in each of the six Geo-Political Zones of the Federation.
This was announced in a statement by Dr. Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of NNPC who also disclosed that the construction of Infectious Diseases Hospitals with laboratories has commenced in Bayelsa, Borno and Katsina States.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Emergency and Infections Disease Hospital sited in Maiduguri, Borno State, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of State, Health said, “For us in Nigeria, that we hitherto had what we call weak health system, and with COVID-19 emergence, it is like exposing that weakness in our health system”. He went further to appreciate the NNPC and its partners for their assistance.
Mallam Mele Kyari, the NNPC Group Managing Director who is the leader of the intervention group disclosed that the group also budgeted 26% out of the N21 Billion fund to be used for logistics and in-patient support systems while 21% will go into supplying medical consumables including respirators and test kits across Nigeria.
The group has commenced the delivery of the medical supplies to 20 states across the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with other states stipulated to take delivery of theirs by the end of June 2020.