COVID-19: Nigeria receive 2nd batch of medical supplies from UN worth N26b

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By Joy Odor

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has receive 2nd Batch of Medical Supplies purchased with UN Basket Fund for COVID-19 Response, worth N26 Billion.

The medical supplies include 500,000 face shields; 200,000 goggles; 100 oro-pharyngeal airways; 10,000 bio-hazard bags; and 14,000 safety boxes.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the
Director, Information, Media & Public Relations, Mr Olujimi Oyetomi to newsmen in Abuja Friday.

The Minister jointly received the medical supplies with the National Coordinator of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu at the Cargo Section of Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja from EU contributions.

The Charge d’Affaires of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria, Mr. Alexander Borges Gomes who coordinated the handing over of the Medical Supplies said the items were procured through the One United Nations COVID-19 Basket Fund from a significant contribution from the European Union of €50 Million (N26 Billion).

Mr. Borges-Gomes said these are the 2nd Batch Medical Supplies by Team Europe – the EU and its MSs after the arrival of the 1st batch in mid-June.

He added that Team Europe operates globally, saying this is the effort on behalf of Nigeria.”

Mr. Borges-Gomes expatiated that the idea of Team Europe is to counter the world wide ravages of COVID-19.

He expressed the expectation that the equipment will boost the Nigerian Government’s response efforts as a whole but in particular, they will protect the heroic frontline health workers, who care for the sick at great risk to themselves.

Responding to the EU and UN gesture, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the 2nd Batch of medical supplies will allay, the fears of the health workers, especially the frontline health workers who thought Nigeria may be running short of supplies and are threatening strike action.

He said, there is arrangement in place through institutions and international friends like the EU and the UN to have replenishment.

Dr Ehanire assured the EU and the UN of judicious distribution of the medical supplies to needed areas.

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