The National Oil Company of Liberia has presented a consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare to help the Ministry in its fight against the Ebola epidemic.
Making the presentation Friday, August 29, at NOCAL’s head office in Monrovia, the President & CEO of the company, Dr. Randolph A. K. W. McClain said the donation was in response to a request from the Ministry for assistance to help it contain the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia.
The gesture, Dr. McClain said was also intended to identify with the work of the Ebola Social Mobilization Committee of the Ministry of Health. The NOCAL President hoped the materials presented would be used to protect health workers and others who may be involved in the effort to contain the virus.
Receiving the items, the Deputy Minister of Health for Administration, Mr. Matthew Flomo, expressed delight and thanked the NOCAL Board, Management and staff for the contribution to the fight against Ebola.
The presentation, he said, was being made at a time when there is a dire need to have more PPEs in the various Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs). It is a requirement, Mr. Flomo noted, that each nurse, midwife or Physician Assistant attending to a patient in the ETU wears a brand new PPE, “So it means that there is continual need to have more PPEs,” he emphasized.
The Health & Social Welfare official assured the NOCAL management that transparency and accountability would be key in the usage of the materials being presented to combat the Ebola virus.
Items presented included two hundred (200) pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), worth over US$84,000.00 (Eighty Four Thousand United States dollars).
Friday’s presentation represents another major contribution NOCAL has made towards the national effort to contain the spread of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Last week, NOCAL contributed several materials to a local Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Feed the Future’ in its effort to support the fight against Ebola.