In an effort to promote health and safety for Nigerians amidst COVID-19 pandemic, My World of Bags (MWOB) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation will provide over 2.5 million Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Lagos, and four other states.
MWOB, a bag design and manufacturing company, noted this in a press release it issued on Monday November 30.
Project SafeUp will produce and distribute free PPE to health workers and the public across Southwest Nigeria.
The states are: Oyo, Lagos, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and other areas in need across the country.
The company says the PPE that will be produced are reusable non-surgical masks, face shields, gowns, scrubs, shoe, and head covers.
In its statement, following the outbreak of COVID-19, MWOB retooled its factory to focus on the production of PPE and established key partnerships with small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
MWOB added that the project has been designed to produce and distribute over 2.5 million items of PPE within the next four months.
The Founder and CEO, MWOB, Femi Olayebi stressed the company’s commitment to supporting the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
Olayebi said, “As a company, MWOB is proud to be a part of the solution and honoured to be able to contribute to the efforts of the authorities and health bodies to protect our health workers and our citizens from the devastating impact of COVID-19.
“We believe that a country is only as strong as the health and wellness of its citizens. We are grateful to the Mastercard Foundation for its support. We look forward to continuing to work with them to improve the welfare of our citizens.”
The CEO continued that Poject SafeUp is committed to enhancing the use of PPE by Nigerians, and to reducing the spread of COVID-19 by sensitising the public on the critical need to incorporate preventative measures in their day-to-day activities.
MWOB boss explained, “The pandemic has had adverse effects on individuals and organisations across the country, but for many entrepreneurs and small business owners who make up most of the Nigerian population, and who rely on day-to-day incomes to survive, it has been particularly detrimental.”
Speaking also, the Country Head, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson, “At the Mastercard Foundation, we believe that this initiative will help to reduce these adverse effects by enabling people to safely return to their regular routines (education and work) with the use of PPE.
“It will also improve the economic outcomes of low-income subgroups and women in particular; and contribute to slowing down the spread of the virus,” says Lawanson.
In her words, “The World Health Organisation showing that there have been over 51 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 including over 1.2 million deaths across the world.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported that there were 62,853 confirmed cases; 58,675 discharged persons; and 1,114 deaths recorded since the first case was recorded in February this year.”Follow us on social media