In line with its corporate strategy of giving back to Nigerians, Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (SHIN) Limited has secured the first batch of 5,000 COVID-19 test kits from the South Korea Government to help the Nigerian government tackle and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
The Republic of Korea has become a global model for tackling the dreaded virus and has received requests for the test kits from many countries of the world.
Indeed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had specially identified South Korea for special commendation for the country’s innovative approach in tackling the virus.
WHO’s Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had reportedly praised South Korea's response to the novel virus.
In one of the global health body’s update on the dreaded virus, Ghebreyesus had noted that in January/February 2020, South Korea was faced with surging community transmission but the country refused to "surrender."
Ghebreyesus reportedly argued that with the country’s innovative response, infections had been declining in the country due to its efforts to educate, empower and engage communities.
He pointed out how South Korea developed innovative testing strategies, rationed the use of masks, conducted exhaustive contact tracing and testing, and isolated suspected cases.
It is therefore heart-warming that the intervention of SHIN in the area of donation of test kits will help Nigeria to benefit from the Korean experience in tackling the virus.
Despite the high demand for the kits from different countries of the world, and the difficulty in securing and rationing them, SHIN was able to secure 5,000 kits for the Nigerian government and will monitor the progress of the pandemic in Nigeria for further donation.
Speaking on the donation, SHIN said it felt it was part of its responsibility to help the Nigerian government to tackle and mitigate the impact of the global pandemic.
The company said it is making the donation because of its care and love for Nigerians.
The donation of the COVID-19 test kits did not come as a surprise as SHIN has consistently given back to Nigerians over the years as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
For instance, the company has been sponsoring the eye surgeries of Nigerians on a yearly basis.
Since 2015, SHIN has worked with Vision Care, an organisation under WHO, in the yearly Eye Camp to give free cataract surgeries to Nigerians who cannot afford the treatment.
In 2019, it sponsored the eye surgeries of at least 115 Nigerian patients and 224 outward patients as part of its CSR in Nigeria.
In the previous Eye surgeries in 2018, 102 patients, who were at the risk of blindness, recovered their eyesight.
Since it started the programme, SHIN has sponsored the eye surgeries of 572 Nigerian patients, 1,593 outward patients and has also donated glasses to 99 patients.
The company had also donated electrical equipment, clothing and other relief materials to the victims of herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents’ attacks in Jos, Plateau State.
A missionary group from Korea had constructed a school in Jos for the villagers in Rhizha, where four missionaries were teaching about 560 children and also providing counselling to victims, mostly women, suffering from the trauma from Boko Haram insurgents’ attacks.
Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria reiterated their full commitment to the Nigerian people, focused on only in their Shipbuilding and yard fabrication competences but also on the human level bringing vital Aid to ensure Nigeria has the best materials to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.