Fulfilling its promise to the Nigeria Government, the United States Government’s has officially handed over 200 brand-new, leading edge ventilators to help Nigeria fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, presided over the handing over ceremony at the Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse, accompanied by Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, and US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Stephen M. Haykin.
In collaboration with USAID and the PTF, the Federal Ministry of Health will coordinate the expedient delivery, transportation and placement of the ventilators in COVID-19 treatment centres and intensive care units across the country.
Speaking at the ceremony, US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, said “This donation, and the many other health and humanitarian assistance programs offered from the American people over the years, is just one component of the strong cooperation between our two governments.
“I laud Nigeria’s efforts in taking early action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I hope to see Nigeria continue this trajectory, as an example for other African nations to follow.”
According to him, the ventilators are compact, deployable, and will provide Nigeria with flexibility in treating COVID-19 patients, adding that the USAID was also funding a support package that includes accompanying equipment, medical supplies, technical assistance, and service plans.
He said since the onset of the pandemic, the United States has provided Nigeria more than $54 million in COVID-19 assistance and will continue to support Nigeria’s prevention and response efforts, both now and in the future.