By Dipo Olowookere
About 100,000 CE certified face masks have been donated to the Federal Ministry of Health by leading e-commerce platform, Jumia.
The essential medical items were given to the ministry to support the federal government in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chairwoman of Jumia Nigeria and Group Head of Institutional Affairs at Jumia Africa, Ms Juliet Anammah, stated that, “We are proud to make this contribution partner with the Nigerian government in fighting against COVID-19 and supporting our communities.
“E-commerce platforms like ours, with e-payment and last mile delivery capabilities, are uniquely positioned to be part of Nigeria’s response strategy to this pandemic and we are swiftly taking actions.”
Receiving the donations, the Director of Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, thanked the company for the gesture.
Dr Adebiyi, who received the items on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, assured that the items would be judicially used.
In a letter of acknowledgement and appreciation to Jumia Nigeria, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Mashi Abdullahi, said, “The Federal Ministry of Health heartily appreciates your kind gesture in the fight against the pandemic.
“The support which include the donation of 100,000 pieces of CE rated masks, provision of delivery and logistics network and other support services towards the response will indeed go a long way to compliment the ongoing efforts of containment and control of the spread of the pandemic.”
“I also wish to assure you that the ministry will not hesitate to further solicit your services in any area of need in this regard. Please accept the assurances of our esteemed regards,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Jumia has also offered the support of its integrated logistics network for the distribution of essential products, medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
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