The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) has donated N2, 500, 000 worth of personal protective equipment to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The items donated included; five packs of customized nose masks and 100 cartons of hand sanitizers. Speaking during the donation on Wednesday at the NCDC headquarters in Abuja, the body urged the Federal Government to encourage polytechnics with funding to locally produce machines in large quantities for distribution to hospitals and health centres across the country.
NCDC Director-General Chikwe Ihekweazu, represented by the Director of Administration of the centre, Yakubu Abdullahi, thanked NATE for the gesture.
NCDC however said it would continue to work with different stakeholders to provide communities across the country with the right information to stay safe.
“We are grateful to the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering for supporting national COVID19 response with face masks and hand sanitisers.
“We continue to work with professional bodies in the whole-of-society response to COVID19,” it said.
The health agency emphasised that regular handwashing is very important to reduce the risk of spread of COVID19.
“An important moment to wash your hands is after handling money, especially if you are handling or eating food,” it advised.
NATE is a professional body of practical engineers and technologists representing and fully established by and also represented in the council for the regulation of engineering in Nigeria, COREN.