By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Republic Of Korea has donated three Smart Walk-through Booths for Novel CoronaVirus disease (COVID-19) sample collection to Federal Government Of Nigeria (FGN).
The authority of Federal Ministry of Health received three Smart Walk-through Booths on behalf of the federal government.
The machine is meant to fast-track the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
A report released by the media department of the ministry saidthe handover ceremony was performed at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC) National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa, Abuja, on 24th September, 2020.
Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, expressed appreciations to the Government of Korea for the donation.
He said the gesture has shown that Republic of Korea is a true friend of Nigeria “because a friend in need is a friend indeed,” the media office stated in a Press release.
The Minister of State said that the Smart Walk-through Booths are expected to provide medical staff with effective protection during sample collection, support mass screening for COVID-19 in a timely and efficient manner and reduce the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) during test sample collection.
Mamora said that the booths will be put into effective use at the National Reference Laboratory in Abuja, the Central Public Health Laboratory, and the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research in Lagos.
He charged the beneficiaries to ensure decency in the use and also cultivate maintenance culture for the Booths.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Maj Gen Lee In-tae (rtd), who was represented by Mr. Woochan Chang, the KOICA Country Director, on the occasion extended his deepest condolences to the families and victims of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
He also commended all the frontline health workers and professionals for their resilience in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic.
The ambassador stated that the donation of the equipment marked another milestone in the bilateral relations between his country and Nigeria.
The relationship between the two countries, according to him, has been established since 1980.
He added that as a key bilateral partner, Republic of Korea has continually engaged in the advancement of existing excellent cooperation projects for Nigeria in maternal and child health, education, amongst others, and recently the COVID-19 response.
“I believe the donation of the Smart Walk-through Booths has further consolidated the bilateral relations which marks the 40th Anniversary this year’’, he said.
He explained some key features of the Booths which include High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter, High Efficiency Bi-directional Fan Module, Air Conditioning and Heat System to make the environment conducive for medical staff to collect sample, Intercom System and LED Control Panel.
The Ambassador requested Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure efficiency and good maintenance of those booths at the locations they are to be deployed in the country.