The Guardian (Nigeria)

Firm launches medical oxygen plant in Nasarawa

- From Ameh Ochojila, Abuja

TO address the increasing demand for medical oxygen in Nigeria, Lifebank has launched a 700 cubic metre daily production capacity medical oxygen plant in Orozo, Nasarawa State.

At the launch, the DirectorGe­neral, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the provision of oxygen, which had been in short supply in the country, was critical to the management of the COVID- 19 cases.

According to him, Nigeria, like other lower- middleinco­me countries, is putting mechanisms in place to increase oxygen sufficienc­y in its health facilities.

The Chief Executive Officer of Lifebank, Temi Giwa, said the essence of the project was to prevent deaths from lack of medical oxygen in the country.

The passion for the project, she added, came as a result of a story she read about a medical doctor that died in office due to lack of oxygen.

Chief Executive of Oxygen Hub, Effeson Hailemicha­el, said oxygen therapy is one of the necessary medical treatments in the world, and key to the management of patients in critical conditions, including COVID- 19, heart failure, obstetric complicati­ons, trauma, and respirator­y diseases.

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