(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nigeria has received vital medical supplies worth $22 million dollars from the United Nations and European Union to boost the country’s ongoing war against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Eliana Drakopoulos, UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Communication, who spoke via a statement in Abuja on Sunday, June 21, 2020, the shipment, worth $22, along with others coming soon, were jointly delivered by the UN and European Union.
Items in the shipment include: 545 oxygen concentrators, more than 100,000 test kits, infrared digital no-touch thermometers and numerous personal protective equipment (PPEs), laboratory supplies, and emergency health kits, which are meant to boost the government’s efforts on COVID-19 response and care for those affected by the coronavirus.
Apart from enhancing the capacity of the frontline healthcare workers, the medical items would also increase Nigeria’s testing capacity and enhance early detection of infected COVID-19 patients, and also support the hospitalisation and management of COVID-19 patients.
The medical supplies were handed over to the government, through the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and officially presented to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at an event attended by high-level delegates from the EU, Ministry of Health and UN.
About 50 million euros have been contributed by the EU through the Nigeria One UN COVID-19 response, which serves as one COVID-19 financing and investment platform for different stakeholders including the UN.
The alliance between team Europe, the PTF and the UN has proven very strong. It is a vital step in the response to the pandemic; it is a partnership in practice when it matters the most; one that addresses the health crisis in Nigeria and getting the economic wheels turning again, while making sure that the most vulnerable are protected.
Agendawatchdog is calling on other multilateral and bilateral donors, as well as private sector donors, foundations and philanthropists to channel their financial support to the multi-sectoral efforts of the task force on COVID-19 response.