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Frontline Workers Commended Over Fight Against COVID-19
Date Posted: 25/May/2020
For doing their best in the fighting against COVID-19, BASF West Africa has commended efforts of Nigeria’s medical team, who are in the frontline. Specifically, the company said the demand for certain medical devices, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), during this COVID-19 pandemic, has exceeded the available supply worldwide. 
 
To this end, the firm supported Lagos State government in the fight against COVID-19 by donating 1,000 protective face shields for health workers in the isolation centres in the state. BASF, in a statement, explored the option of the production of medical face shields via its expertise in 3D printing. These face shields are being distributed in the countries and communities in which the company operates, including Nigeria. 
 
The medical face shields will help frontline health workers in Lagos State protect themselves, as they provide care to COVID-19 patients.
 
Managing Director and Country Cluster Head for BASF West Africa, Jean-Marc Ricca, stated that in addition to these donations, and in line with BASF’s principles on sustainability and value to society, the company would also contribute to societal empowerment by supporting the local production of top range face masks, having identified small scale technology startup companies with competence to produce these masks. 
 
“Leveraging on our global expertise, we will support these companies by exposing them to best practices, latest technology and access to market,” he said.
   
He appreciated the efforts of Nigeria‘s medical team who are in the frontline, doing their best against COVID-19 and reiterated that BASF West Africa was working tirelessly towards supporting her customers during the lockdown period by ensuring a continuous supply of raw materials for the manufacturing of food and other essential items.
 
Source: Guardian 

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