The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM has handed over Personal Protection Equipment worth about fifty million naira to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The chairman of the Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa said the donation was made by Nigerian Diaspora COVID-19 Support Group, along with Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation NIDO China, NIDO America as well as Association of Nigerian Physicians in America to frontline health workers in all the thirty-six states and the FCT.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa who explained that the Equipment which were all locally made, said they are also re-usable.
She said the gesture was part of the Nigerians in Diaspora effort towards supporting the Federal Government efforts in combating COVID-19.
The Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada who presented the Equipment to the PTF, explained that the Equipment would be distributed to Teaching Hospitals in all the thirty-six states and the FCT, and where there are no teaching hospitals, the Equipment would be given to Federal Medical Centres.
Ambassador Zubairu Dada applauded the gesture by the Nigerians in Diaspora as well as the leadership of NIDCOM for the bringing such huge amount of donation to the Federal Government.
The Chairman Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha said there was the need for massive enlightenment and risk communication at this stage to combat COVID-19.
The SGF who was represented by the Permanent Secretary General Services Mr Olusegun Adekunle appeal to all Nigerians to obey safety guidelines given by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 to help flatten the curve.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 Dr Sani Aliyu who also appreciated the gesture of the Nigerians in Diaspora, said seventeen thousand health workers have been trained on how to use PPE’S diligently due to its expensive scarce nature.
A representative of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation NIDO America, Dr Abdullahi Dauda said apart from the donation of PPE’s, more support would be provided to combat COVID-19 in the country.