The private sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), on Tuesday, fulfilled its pledge to the Lagos State Government by donating 260 medical oxygen gas cylinder and an incinerator to Yaba Isolation centre in Lagos.
Addressing newsmen at the commissioning of the Incinerator and presentation of gas cylinder to Lagos State government, administrator of CACOVID, Zouera Youssoufou said the body will do more to assist the state and others while ensuring that the fight against the deadly virus is finally won.
Youssoufou, who is also managing director and Chief Executiv of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, explained that incineration is a waste treatment process that involves the combustion of organic substances in waste materials to eradicate the risk of exposing waste from the isolation centre to the larger community.
She also noted that the incineration can be moved from one centre to another, thereby serving all isolation centres in the State.
Expressing appreciation of the state government to members of the CACOVID team, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Akinola Abayomi applauded the prompt intervention of the team, at the time the state was in dire need of both oxygen and its cylinders. He said CACOVID showed up at a time oxygen cylinders were so hard to find and for this, the State will remain very appreciative of the kind gesture.
“Our demand has not exceeded our supply,” he said, adding that the logistics behind oxygen is quite complex and sophisticated, just as he assured that Lagos State is building capacity.
He also pointed out the waste that comes out of the isolation centre is biomedical, and toxic to human, expressing delight that the incinerator will reduce its potential risk on the community and this can be used over the next 50 years.
Youssoufou recently said the provision of oxygen to all the isolation centres across the country was made possible by a key partner of CACOVID, Raj Gupta of African Industries Group, at no costs, immediately the request for oxygen was made from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Raj Gupta had promised that his company will continue to provide oxygen free to all the states across the country through CACOVID “for as long as this is required.
“No Covid patient in any public hospital or isolation centre should have to pay for oxygen,” he added.
Photo Caption: From left, Managing Director/ CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof, Akin Abayomi, Chairman African Industries Limited, Raj Gupta, at The Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) presentation of an incinerator and 260 Oxygen cylinders to the Lagos State Government in Yaba Lagos on Tuesday, 9 March 2021.