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bp Angola formalizes hand over of a donated RT-PCR machine and consumables for Covid-19 testing to the National Institute for Health Research (INIS) to triple its daily capacity 

Luanda, 24 December 2020

 

bp Angola donates Covid-19 RT-PCR testing equipment and material to INIS (Institute for Health Research) 

On 24 December, bp Angola formalized the handover of a donated RT-PCR machine and consumables for Covid-19 testing to the National Institute for Health Research (INIS) to triple its daily capacity.  
 
  • The equipment is in operation since 17 December and is able to process approximately 280 RT-PCR samples per day;
  • In addition to the Covid-19 RT-PCR testing machine, consumables for molecular biology and SARS CoV-2 (IgM/IgG) serological tests were also donated

The donation was made official in a small event on 24 December, with the presence of bp Angola general manager Helder Silva and INIS deputy General Manager for Scientific Affairs  Dr. Zoraima Neto.

 

‘’The initiative is within the existing partnership we have with INIS which started in 2017 as part of the epidemiologic surveillance project in the country implemented by Public Health England. 

‘’The partnership has brought great results by training 400 field epidemiologists who have been included in the rapid response teams of the Ministry of Health during the covid-19 pandemic’’ 

- Helder Silva, bp Angola Head of Country 

 

 

‘’On behalf of the INIS and its Management, we thank bp for the donation and we believe that we are now better equipped to face the huge demand we receive every day. The challenges the pandemic brought to our center let alone the country is beyond any logistically and technologically planned capacity.’’ 

Dr. Zoraima Neto, Deputy General Manager for Scientific Affairs at INIS 

 

 

bp Angola has a long-term social projects portfolio that supports economic and social development in Angola through programmes focused on education, health, and institutional capacity building.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the company has implemented several actions to support the prevention and fight against the spreading of the SARS-COV 2 virus in Angola, in partnership with national and international non-governmental organizations and the National Police in Luanda, Benguela and Huambo provinces. 

About bp Angola 
bp is an integrated energy company and one of the largest investors in Angola, having delivered 15% of Angola production since 2003 and invested more than $30 billion in the last 30 years. bp is the operator of blocks 18 and 31 in the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Lower Congo Basin.  bp also is a non-operated partner in blocks 15, 17, 20 as well as in the Angola LNG (ALNG) Plant in Soyo and in the New Gas Consortium.

 

Further inquires:
bp press office, Luanda Claudia Santana, claudia.santana@bp.com 
bp press office, London +44 (0)207 496 4076, bppress@bp.com