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Exxonmobil supports Ebola response in Nigeria with $250,000

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Staff writer ▼ | October 2, 2014
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Emergency funding   The grant to the CDC Foundation

Exxonmobil has provided $250,000 in emergency funding to help fight the Ebola epidemic in Nigeria.

The grant to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation will enable the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to produce a two-day training programme for health care workers to enhance their skills in infection control.

President and chief executive officer (CEO) of the CDC Foundation, Charles Stokes, said: "With the Ebola outbreak evolving into an epidemic, it's important for all sectors, including business, to come together to help address this crisis. We deeply appreciate ExxonMobil for making these funds available to the CDC Foundation to go toward CDC's Ebola response."

Lead country manager of ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria, Nolan O'Neal, said: "We have a long history in Nigeria and know firsthand the importance of public health initiatives. Our grant enables CDC to train health responders more quickly and to provide them with personal protective equipment. Both of which are essential to fighting the spread of Ebola."

In addition, ExxonMobil's affiliates in Nigeria have also provided materials and expert support, including: Personal protective equipment and non-contact infrared thermometers to the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health; vehicles to support the Port Harcourt Ebola Emergency Operations Center; a team of experts from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, who will train health care workers in Akwa Ibom State.

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) are affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation. The donation was made by the ExxonMobil Foundation.


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