COVID 19: NNPC/CNL Joint Venture donates Molecular Lab Testing Machine to Central Hospital, Warri

* Commissions Surgical Theatre/Consulting Rooms at General Hospital, Ekpan

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COVID 19: NNPC/CNL Joint Venture donates Molecular Lab Testing Machine to Central Hospital, Warri
The Four-Bedroom Molecular Laboratory COVID-19 Testing Centre at Central Hospital, Warri


 The NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL Joint venture on Tuesday September 8, donated Molecular Laboratory Testing Machine (Polymerase Chain Reaction, PCR) to Central Hospital Warri, as part of efforts to support the Delta State Government, in the fight against the COVID 19 Pandemic, Our Senior Correspondent reports.


While handing over the Molecular Laboratory Testing Machine to Delta State Government, through a representative of the State Commissioner for Health, the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs ,  PGPA, CNL, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, disclosed that the facility was situated in a four-bedroom building, renovated and equipped with state-of the-art PCR laboratory equipment by the NNPC/CNL Joint venture.



Dr. Omoraka, commissioning the Molecular Laboratory at Central Hospital, Warri, while Mr. Sam Daibo, Dr. Paul Okunbor (right) Dr. Kingsley (2nd right) & others observe



Fresh Angle International understands that the facility also has two refrigerators, four air conditioners as well as 50 KVA generator.


Mr. Brikinn, who was represented by CNL PGPA, Area Manager Field Operations, Mr. Sam Daibo, expressed delight that Chevron was helping to ensure that the health of Nigerians improve, despite the challenges COVID 19 has brought to the health system in all parts of the world, adding that partnering with the private and public sectors, is important to better the heath of the people.


According to him, the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture is providing tactical and strategic support to the coordinated efforts of government in the fight against CORONAVIRUS, so as to combat its spread.


He commended the Delta State Government for battling the COVID-19 pandemic and for providing good leadership as well as enabling environment for business operations.


The COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory Testing Machine (Polymerase Chain Reaction) PCR can handle up to ten thousand COVID-19 tests in a month and can also be used to conduct HIV test, Hepatitis B and HCV tests, among other viral diseases at zero cost.


The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, who was represented by Dr. (Mrs.) F.E Omoraka, commended Chevron Nigeria Limited for donating the Molecular Laboratory Testing Machine, ambulance, ventilator, medical consumables, test kits as well as three buses for contact tracing, to the Delta State Government.


The Commissioner, stated that CNL has lived up to its responsibilities in donating for the good of the people, despite the global challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


This Newspaper can report that the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture also commissioned Surgical Theatre/Consulting Rooms for use at Ekpan General Hospital in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State earlier in the day.




Dr. Omoraka (2nd right) Mr. Sam Daibo (middle) Hon. Ataire Awin (4th left) Dr. Abeke Ufuoma (3rd left) Happy Apai (left) & others, while inspecting the Surgical Theatre



Mr. Brikinn, who was also represented during the commissioning by Mr. Daibo, pointed out that the facility contains two Surgical Theatres, Doctors Changing Rooms, Five Consulting Rooms, Two Conference halls and a 60 KVA Generating Set.


He outlined a block of six classrooms in Aruakpo-Umah, Ekpan Women Development Centre, Ekpan Road Electricity Project as well as NYSC Service Teachers’ Programme at Ekpan Secondary School, Ekpan, as some of the completed and ongoing projects executed by the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture.


Chairman of Ekpan Development Committee, Pastor Innocent Adjenughure Esq. commended CNL for the Surgical Theatre/Consulting Rooms project and appealed for more empowerment for the people.


Representative of the Ovie of Uvwie, HRM Emmanuel Sideso Abe 1, Chief Samuel Eshenake, Medical Director, Ekpan General Hospital, Dr. Abeke Ufuoma, Zonal Medical Director, Central Hospital Warri, Dr. Paul Okunbor, SSA to Governor Okowa on Health Matters, Dr. Kingsley Amahoma and Officials of CNL, were among those present during the projects’ commissioning.