As the fight to curb the spread of the COVID-19 rages on, RB Nigeria through its brands, Dettol and Jik, has donated hygiene products to the Federal Ministry of Health.
This move is part of its global project “Fight for Access Fund”, which aims to improve access to health, hygiene and nutrition.
Speaking during the product hand over in Abuja recently, the General Manager, RB Nigeria, Dayanand Sriram said the donated items are worth over N65 million, adding that they include antiseptic disinfectants, dettol soaps, Jik bleach, full Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE), and 100 mobile hand wash units which will be installed at locations advised by the health ministry.
He said: “RB’s purpose is to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We are delighted to support the Federal Ministry of Health and also to play our part in stemming the effects of the pandemic in Nigeria. We will continue to support the Federal and State Governments, as well as the health authorities’ efforts in the fight against COVID-19.” He further added, “We have a critical role to play in promoting hygiene, and Dettol has been supporting the Government’s effort through its School Hygiene and New Mum’s education programs over the past 7 years.”
Also speaking, the Country Manager, RB Hygiene West Africa, Mr. Asif Hashimi said, “For decades, Jik has been a popular feature in Nigerian homes and hospitals and known for very effective surface cleaning and laundry for up to 99.9 per cent germ-kill. This is a critical time, and this contribution is in line with Jik’s long term mission of helping Nigerian households maintain good hygiene and a clean environment that helps to curb the spread of infectious diseases caused by germs.”
While receiving the products, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire thanked RB for the donations, stating that: “You have been in business for five decades, which tells us you know the health history of Nigeria”. He further added that “The need for hygiene cannot now be any more emphasized. What you have brought here will go a long way. We will distribute it to our agencies. We’ll take an inventory of all of it and declare it to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.”