Project SafeUp, an initiative created by My World of Bags (MWOB) has produced and distributed over 100,000 items of free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in four weeks.
The PPE includes reusable non-surgical masks, face shields, gowns, scrubs, shoe covers and head covers. So far, these have been distributed in Lagos, Oyo and Ekiti States.
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MWOB is a bag design and manufacturing company partnering with Mastercard Foundation.
The initiative, which commenced in November 2020, is a joint effort to promote health and safety among Nigerians amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria, MWOB retooled its factory to focus on the production of PPE and established key partnerships with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the country.
Project SafeUp aims to produce and distribute over 2.5 million within five months.
“Amidst this second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, a collaborative effort from citizens, private sector organisations and relevant government bodies, is critical to stemming this tide,” said Sinmi Olayebi, Director of Social Programs at MWOB/FemiHandbags.
“Protecting ourselves and loved ones with the use of the appropriate PPE; the adoption of strict social distancing measures; and regular hand washing, even as we celebrate the holiday festivities, is a priority.
“Project SafeUp is committed to becoming an effective driving force in improving access to PPE for as many Nigerians as possible, and to providing the sensitisation required to ensure the continued use and adoption of the necessary safety measures. We hope that our efforts and contributions over the coming months can play a role in curbing the spread of the coronavirus in Nigeria.”
By this week, 1354 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, the highest numbers in Lagos, the FCT, Kwara and Kaduna.
It brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections to 92,705 throughout the outbreak.
A total 76,396 patients have been treated and discharged from treatment and isolation centres.
A total 1,319 people have died from coronavirus infections and complications.