The United States Government has handed over 200 ventilators to support Nigeria’s efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
During a brief handover ceremony at the Premier Medical Warehouse, Abuja, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Berth Leonard, said the donation and many other health and humanitarian assistance programs offered from the American People over the years, was just one component of the strong cooperation between the two governments.
According to the US envoy the ventilators are compact, deployable, and will provide Nigeria with flexibility in treating COVID-19 patients.
She explained that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is also funding a support package that includes accompanying equipment, medical supplies, technical assistance and service plans.
The United states Ambassador to Nigeria also said that in collaboration with the USAID and the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, the Nigerian Ministry of Health will coordinate the expedient delivery, transportation, and placement of the ventilators in COVID-19 treatment centers and intensive care units across the country.
Receiving the donations on behalf of the Federal Government, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, lauded the US President’s support to shore up Nigeria’s Intensive Care response capability.
He said the ventilators are a critical component of the response strategy to save the lives of persons who have been severely impacted by the viral infection.
Dr. Ehanire noted that since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lagos in February this year, life has also drastically changed for the country as Nigerians have worked hard to cope and, where necessary, adjust to the changes.