COVID-19: UNFPA distributes PPEs, life-saving commodities to PHCs in FCT
NEWSMAN, Abuja – United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), has distributed Personal protective equipments (PPE), life-saving commodities to primary health care centres to boost healthcare services in FCT.
The materials which were handed from UNFPA to the FCT administration, would further be distributed to 32 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in Bwari and AMAC local government areas by PPFN.
The event was also held in Ogun state, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Gombe, and Borno.
According to the UNFPA CSOE lead for the project, Babatunde Adelekan, the materials were distributed to assist, improve, and maintain access to available and quality essential health services, focusing on reproductive health, family planning and maternal health care, including safe deliveries and clinical management of rape, through the UN Basket funds.
“It is important to us that despite the risk of COVID-19, the community people at the different localities are able to have access to health care services.”
He added that the project was embarked upon in order to “help reverse the negative Impact of Covid-19 on equal access to essential health services, and to also help reduce gender based violence.”
We will be distributing 15,000 pieces of surgical face masks, 15,000 pieces of latex gloves, 10, 000 pieces of surgical gloves, 1,100 pieces of disinfectants, 1,100 pieces of hand sanitizers, 1,100 pieces of liquid washing soap, to ensure that services continue at different facilities. We will also be donating 200 safety googles, so the health care workers will feel safe when providing servicesAdelekan said.
PPFN Director, Advocacy Business Development and External Relations, Dr Okai Haruna while commending the efforts of UNFPA, also gave a reminder on the need to still observe the COVID-19 safety protocols of social distancing, regular hand washing, sneezing into the elbow, and wearing of face masks at all time.
Present at the event were PHC directors and health care workers who lauded the efforts of UNFPA and PPFN, for making such provisions, adding that the materials will go a long way in helping health care workers protect themselves more against the novel corona virus.
Pharmacist Nnubia Innocent who represented Bwari area council PHCs said although the COVID-19 affected the PHCs in Bwari, efforts like these have helped to reduce the negative effects.
“More needs to be done, and that is why support from PPFN and UNFPA is a very welcomed development. We have been beneficiaries of their support and partnership, before, this will be the second time, and there is synergy, because we will also do our part to make sure the goal of curtailing the effect of the pandemic is achieved.”
Also, Musa Shiri from Comprehensive Health Centre, Gidan Mangoro, Orozo in AMAC, said “We are glad because this intervention will help reduce the impact of covid 19 on the staff, and the community people. The government has tried, and the NGOs have really done a lot help provide PPEs to facilities.”