NLTF BOOSTS GOVERNMENT EFFORTS TO CURB COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The National Lottery Trust Fund, commissioned and presented medical equipment to aid the treatment and prevention of COVID-19, procured through proceeds from National Lottery to twelve (12) Medical Institutions across the six Geo-Political zones of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in order to boost government’s efforts in curbing the spread and reducing fatality rate of the COVID-19 virus in the country.
This event was held at Fraser Suites, in the Central Area of Abuja on Thursday 26th November 2020, attracted many dignitaries among which included the Secretary to the government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Tax Force on Covid-19, Bar. Boss Gida Mustapha; represented by the Honorable Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honorable Minister Special Duties and Inter-Governmental affairs, H.E. Sen. George Akume, Chairman, Senate Committee on Youth and Sport development, represented by the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, and the Chairman, House Committee on Governmental Affairs; Chief Akin Alabi, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs; Chief William N. Alo, Members of the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force team, Director-General, National Lottery Regulatory Commission represented by Mr. Robert Bolokor amongst others.
The presented Medical Equipment include: COVID-19 test kits, Infrared Thermometers, Aran-Rawa (N95 face masks) and Category 1 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE kits) were handed over to Federal Medical Center, Katsina- Katsina State, Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital, Kaduna (North-west), Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe-Gombe State, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi (North-East), University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, FCT, St. Johns Hospital Gboko, Benue State Teaching Hospital, Port-Harcourt- Rivers State, Irrua Specialist teaching Hospital, Edo State, (South-South), University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos (South-West), University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu State, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, (South-East).
According to the Executive Secretary/CEO of the National Lottery Trust Fund, Dr. Bello Maigari, the essence of this intervention is “to support our Healthcare Institution curtail the spread of the Coronavirus, in hope that this effort will make the difference in saving lives, and enhancing the capacity of these institutions to provide high standards of care to patients, as well as protection of frontline healthcare professionals fighting against the pandemic.”