Nestlé offers ventilators tackling coronavirus cases in Ivory Coast

Nestlé has leant assistance to Ivory Coast in tackling the coronavirus pandemic through donating vital ventilator equipment to assist the treatment of severe cases of the disease.

As Confectionery Production has previously reported, cases of covid-19 have so far been comparatively limited at 2,400 in the country, with 30 recorded deaths, though there are widespread concerns over its potential impact with limited access to medical facilities across its rural cocoa farming populations should the virus spread.

Swiss Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire Anne Lugon-Moulin and the Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire CEO Thomas Caso presented the Nestlé donation to the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr. Eugène Aka Aouélé (pictureD).

Its offer of two ventilators, complementing the 18 ordered by the government are in addition to the four already available within the nation of  25 million inhabitants. There were also 10 automatic hospital beds, gowns and surgical masks offered for distribution by the Treichville COVID-19 unit to the 15 care units, 14 screening facilities and three confinement centres newly opened in the country to manage the pandemic in a decentralised manner.

Ambassador Lugon-Moulin commended the Ivorian Government on its response to the pandemic, adding: “I am impressed by the ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the preventive measures to adopt in order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus.”

As Nestlé explained, the story of these ventilators reflected the need for individual and collective responsibility, and its donation stemmed from, Dr. Patricia Amondji, Dr. Marie-Claude Kouassi and Dr. Eric Bouaffon, at Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire, suggested that the business should make such an offer to the Infectious and Tropical Disease Service of the Treichville University Hospital, which is the unit critical COVID-19 patients are referred to in Ivory Coast.

“We are happy we heeded the call because, as doctors, we are convinced that the battle against COVID-19 can only be won if we minimise transmissions and provide doctors with medical and personal protective equipment to enable them treat severe cases, especially people with underlying conditions who need to be assisted by ventilators to stay alive”, Dr. Amondji said.

The donation is timely, as the need for ventilators exceeds available equipment. It took place in Côte d’Ivoire but it could have been elsewhere in the world.  Expressions of solidarity and support to those impacted by COVID-19 are becoming more commonplace; and Nestlé and its employees have stood up and helped around the world.


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