The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) has donated personal protective equipment, including surgical nose masks, latex gloves and hand sanitizers, to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Onne Port, Rivers State, to support the prevention of the spread of coronavirus at the port.
WACT Managing Director, Mr. Aamir Mirza, who commended NPA for keeping the nation’s gateway operational in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, said the donation was necessary to support efforts to stop the spread of the virus, “which has created the worst public health crisis of our generation”.
Mirza maintained that prevention remained the best option available in the absence of vaccine and treatment for COVID-19 infections.
“The best way to prevent and slow down transmission of COVID-19 is to be well informed about the virus, its symptoms and how it spreads. It is in realization of this that we carried out a lot of awareness and enlightenment campaign around the port community to educate our staff and port users, including agents and truckers, about the need to stay safe and adhere to the guidelines issued by relevant government agencies.
“The donation of these items today is also in line with the effort aimed at enhancing preventive measures at the port. We all have the responsibility of protecting ourselves and others from the infection by maintaining social distance, regularly washing our hands and avoiding touching our face,” he said.