One of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies, Procter & Gamble has again donated over 150 handwashing stations and millions of naira to Federal and State governments in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
A statement from the company indicated that this gesture was part of the company’s second phase of its ‘Protect Our Heroes mission.’
The programme is regarded as the company’s Force for Good programme to support the Nigeria’s government’s efforts at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
“During this phase, P&G donated over 150 handwashing stations to high risk areas across the country,” it stated.
In implementing this phase, P&G partnered with federal and state governments including the Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Kwara, Ekiti, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Anambra and Delta state governments, to install contactless handwashing stations in public areas such as hospitals and markets and bus stops to promote handwashing practices nationwide.
Since April 2020, P&G has donated over N100m worth of hygiene products and handwashing stations in the first and second phases of its ‘P&G Protect Our Heroes Mission.’
It added, “In the first phase, the company supported the Federal Government of Nigeria including the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory with hygiene products and personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers.
“It also engage in a nationwide media awareness campaign by its Safeguard brand to promote handwashing amongst Nigerians.”
Speaking on this initiative, P&G’s Senior Director for Africa for Global Government Relations and Public Policy, Mrs Temitope Iluyemi said the company had continued to deliver on its promise of improving the lives of people in the communities where they live and work.
Iluyemi said, “Through our hygiene products and awareness campaign, P&G has been at the forefront of the global battle and locally in Nigeria to curb the spread of infectious diseases including COVID-19 and build the lifelong habits of handwashing.
“Hand hygiene as we all know, is crucial in fighting diseases such as COVID-19 and with the donation of our handwashing stations through our Protect Our Heroes Missions, we want to ensure we are promoting hygiene and inculcating the habit of regular handwashing as all forms of lockdown are being lifted.
“Proper handwashing and general hygiene will consolidate on the progress Nigeria has recorded in its fight against COVID-19.
“P&G has a long history of supporting our communities in times of need all around the world. Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, P&G globally has stepped up its commitment to be a force for good and has been working with long-standing partner organisations to provide support to communities, relief agencies and people impacted by this challenging situation.
“In Nigeria, we partnered the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, state governments and non-profit organizations through the donation of over 350,000 Always® sanitary pads to promote menstrual hygiene management during this pandemic.”