COVID-19: Akwa Ibom syringe factory begins production of face masks
- A syringe factory in Akwa Ibom state us set to begin mass production of face mask
- The factory which is the largest disposable syringe factory in Africa is owned by the Akwa Ibom state government
- With this development, Nigerians will soon begin to get locally made face masks with assured protection from COVID-19
Akwa Ibom-state owned Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company, is set to begin mass production of face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.
Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company, located in Onna local government area of Akwa Ibom state was established in 2017 by the Udom Emmanuel's administration.
It is the largest disposable syringe factory in Africa, with the capacity to produce 350 million to 400 million units of 2ml, 5ml, and 10ml disposable syringes annually.
With the demand for face-mask taking the centre stage and with shortages seen all over the nation, the company has concluded plans to commence the production of face masks to stem the prospects of COVID-19 infections.
With this development, Nigerians will soon begin to get locally made face masks with assured protection from COVID-19.
Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, during the commissioning of the facility, had described Governor Emmanuel as a very wise man for investing in healthcare.
The company currently supplies syringes to healthcare facilities across the nation and plans are afoot to distribute the products all over Africa.
“Imagine how much government would have spent importing syringes into the country especially at a moment like this, with COVID-19 healthcare challenges. God bless Udom Emmanuel for thinking ahead of the curve,” Dr Moses Udo Etim, a medical practitioner stated.
In a related development, the Akwa Ibom government has commenced the distribution of relief packages to residents in the state as the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Thousands of bags of rice made from the state government-owned rice mill in Ini local government area were distributed to the people of the state.
Also, flour made from the first and only digitalized flour mill in the south-south region of Nigeria located in the state was also distributed to the people.
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Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom state government has stated that all five reported positive test cases of COVID-19 in the state are hale and hearty while they await the conduct of a reconfirmation test.
This was made known by the secretary to the state government, Mr Emmanuel Ekuwem during a press briefing held in Government House, Uyo on Tuesday, April 7.
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