From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Efforts by the Delta State Government to increase testing of Covid-19 cases received a boost on Wednesday as Shell Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) donated a machine capable of conducting 1, 000 tests daily.
The company also donated an ambulance vehicle, suction machine and other critical items needed to make an isolation centre functional.
Managing Director of SPDC and country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr Osagie Okumbor, made the donation to the state government in Asaba.
He stated that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration had shown great commitment in the fight against Covid-19 in the state.
Okumbor, who was represented by Mr Evans Krukrubo, Stakeholders Manager of the company, said that Delta Government deserved support from SPDC, acknowledging that the company had also received a lot of support from the government and people of the state.
He stated that the government had showcased that “when you want to know what ease of doing business is, you have to come to Delta.’.
A representative of NNPC at the event, Mr Simon Obasi, stated that the donation was to cushion the effects of combating Covid-19 on the state government.
Receiving the equipment, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, thanked the donors for complementing the government’s efforts in the fight against the pandemic.
He said that Okowa’s administration had shown great commitment to curb Covid-19, noting that while great efforts were made to provide adequate care for the victims, measures were also put in place to check the spread of the virus.