His excellency Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on thursday commissioned the first indigenous medically graded face mask manufacturing factory, O-Care Medical Face Mask Factory in Lagos state.
The manufacturing factory with the capacity to produce 240,000 face masks daily is located at Odofin park estate, Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of the state.
According to the governor, the manufacturing of the face masks attested to the “can-do” spirit of Nigerians, while lauding the manufacturer for taking such commendable step.
The Governor said a Nigerian company, Transgreen Nigeria Ltd. started the production of the mask in response to shortage of medical devices due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
He said that his administration was committed to the project and that was why it sent delegates to the factory twice in the last two months since the idea started. This is a strategic production and we as a state government will be supporting it, it is a confirmation of what we stand for, creating a favourable atmosphere for business to do well.
While commending the company for bringing the very first production line in medical devices, Sanwo-Olu assured that his government would support the endeavour.
To support this project, the state Governor placed the first order for 250,000 face masks, assuring further that the government would support the company to ensure the face masks were affordable and accessible to the people.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, gave a goodwill message virtually,l and commended the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Cyprian Orakpo
He further said, i want to commend you for rising and taking up the challenge between the months of May and July to solve the problem of shortage of medical devices occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19.
”Between May and June, you achieved this feat, it was done in record time, I wish you many more successes ahead,”
Before now, Orakpo mentioned that he decided to take up the challenge of going into the production when in the wake of the outbreak of the pandemic there was shortage and scarcity of medical devices all over the world. Respiratory hygiene has taken a centre stage in curbing the spread of this contagious disease. Wearing a face mask has become the new normal.
“Transgreen Nigeria Ltd. has been up to the occasion to fill this void and contribute its quota in fighting this pandemic and to promote health security in the country and world at large.”
According to the MD of O-Care Medical Face Mask , the factory is the first certified and registered medical face mask manufacturer in Nigeria and indeed, sub-Saharan Africa.
The company also manufacture other medical devices such as gloves, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), respirators, ventilators, among others apart from face mask.
”O-Care Medical Face Mask is a 3-Ply face mask offering protection against dust, pollen, bacteria and all known viruses with breathable comfort and low respiratory resistance. It is durable and manufactured to World Health Organization (W.H.O) standards.
Orakpo explained more about the features of the masks and how it works. “The first or outermost layer called hydrophobic non-woven layer protects the wearer from droplets and splashes.
“The middle layer called meltblown is the filter against bacteria and viruses while the innermost or skin layer is a soft fabric/tissue that is comfortable to the skin.”
The owner of the factory showed appreciation to the state Government by donating 30,000 medical face masks. The face masks will be donated to secondary school pupils writing their final examination in the month of August.
Dr. Kola Jinadu, am official of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) representing the Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the company needs to be commended for the initiative which he described as timely.