The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has donated a contactless handwashing machine to the Lagos State Government to enhance the fight against the coronavirus disease.
The Amir (President) of MSSN in Lagos State, Dr Saheed Ashafa, presented the machine to officials of the state’s Ministry of Health in Ikeja on Thursday.
Ashafa, who was represented by the MSSN President, Lagos Graduate Members Association, Temim Yusuf, commended the state government for effectively fighting to contain the deadly virus.
According to him, the machines, which is locally-made, is a multifunctional hand washing device.
“It dispenses soap, water and hand sanitiser with no contact,’’ Ashafa said.
He urged Lagos residents to adhere strictly to the guidelines given by the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Ashafa lamented the effect of COVID-19 on academic activities generally.
“The efforts of the state government, in curbing COVID-19 and its management strategy, are worthy of emulation by many other states.
“This donation was made possible through contributions from our members.
“We are worried about the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state and we feel we can do something to flatten the curve.
“It is important that we all keep safe at this moment and complement the efforts of the state government in curbing the pandemic.’’
He hinted that the MSSN has launched a Social Responsibility Project tagged ‘COVID-19 Incident Volunteers’.
“It has become glaring that the ravaging coronavirus pandemic requires conscious synergy at this sensitive period.
“The current efforts of the government must be complemented without delay.
“Our Incident Volunteers have started continuous enlightenment, facilitation of grassroots support in terms of information and other appropriate volunteering services as complementary to the government strides.
“We have positioned standby volunteers across the state to facilitate this important task.
The volunteers are also to coordinate welfare services deemed necessary by the initiative as at when due,’’ Ashafa said.
Receiving the machine, the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, commended the students for the donation.
Abayomi, who was represented by the ministry’s Director of Administration and Human Resources, Mrs Abidakun Olubosola, urged the students to always keep safe.
He appreciated the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit for supporting the government with the “fantastic contactless” handwashing machine/stand.
He said that the students were contributing to the society as well as ensuring that “COVID-19 goes totally from our clime’’.
Ayobami, however, urged the students to always keep safe.
He added that the ministry would continue to collaborate in anything that would keep everyone safe.