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Shell Companies in Nigeria in cooperation with NNPC and other partners are supporting the Federal Ministry of Health in its effort to contain the Ebola Virus Disease, which was first reported in Lagos in July 2014.
Targeted donations made by Shell Companies in Nigeria since 16 August include ambulances to the Ebola Emergency Operation Centres in Lagos and Port Harcourt and two trucks with three months fuel supply to the Centre in Port Harcourt. We also donated medical supplies to the Health Authorities and Ebola Emergency Operation Centres in both cities.
In addition, we are offering IT support to the Centre in Port Harcourt, including six units of 3G Mi-Fi and 6-month subscription fees. These facilities would help back-up the internet connectivity available at the Centre.
Mutiu Sunmonu, Country Chair Shell Companies in Nigeria said: “We are offering support wherever we can. Through donations of medical items, vehicles and IT equipment, we have joined hands with the Federal Ministry of Health to bring Ebola Virus Disease under control".
Company staff have been making voluntary contributions to an internal Ebola Fund. Shell will match the staff’s voluntary contributions and donate the total sum to one of the key relief agencies active in combating the Ebola Virus Disease in Africa.
Shell Companies in Nigeria have adopted practical measures to limit the risk of spread of the virus to and within the Shell Nigeria community. These measures include infra-red thermal scanning for body temperature checks at the entrances of Shell premises, provision of hand sanitizers and staff awareness sessions. Company staff are sharing awareness of prevention measures with family members, contractors and visitors.