Two United States-based medical companies: Gillead Quantum Health Systems and Triple A Plus, on Monday in Lokoja, donated medical equipment and consumables to Kogi Government.
The donation was part of the ‘GYB Door-to-Door Medical Outreach”, aimed at fighting COVID-19 in the state.
The Project Principal Consultant of the companies, Mr Lawrence Kyuka, handed over the medicals to the Kogi Government.
He commended Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi for his efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19 into the state.
Kyuka urged the people to continue to follow all the advice and directives of the medical professionals so that the state could remain free of the dreaded virus.
The consultant said that the programme which was originally inaugurated in September 2019 by Gov. Bello, had led to the treatment of over 6,000 residents of Kogi.
According to him, the medical treatment include: surgical operations, distribution of free medicated eyeglasses, dental care and optical treatments in the three senatorial districts of the state.
He added that the second phase of the programme would be the distribution of medical equipment and materials donated by the organisations to medical facilities by the Kogi Government.
Kyuka expressed the readiness and willingness of the organisations to continue to partner with the state for optimum benefits of the good people of Kogi.
The Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja, received the items on behalf of the State Goverment.
Onoja who is also the state Chairman of COVID-19 Squadron thanked the organisation for the gesture.
He said that the organisations’ donated items were coming at a critical time that the state was in need of them.
He assured the donor that the items would be distributed freely to medical facilities in the state as would be directed by the governor.
He stressed that they would go a long way to help the state in its preparedness to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, assured the organisations that his ministry would distribute the items to the various medical facilities in the state.
Items donated include: Mobile Oxygen machine, face masks, hand gloves, laboratory equipment, materials and consumables, maternity materials, new born baby materials, dentals, medicated eye glasses.
Others are: Diapass for adult and children, orthpaedic accessories, surgical implements, and hospital usables such as : chairs, pillows and disposable hospital beings.