As part of its regional response strategy towards managing and curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the West African sub-region, the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) with the support of the German government, has donated medical supplies worth $8 million to Nigeria.
The donation which was made through the ECOWAS West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) and delivered to the Premier Medical Warehouse, Abuja includes ventilators, sanitizers, diagnostic test kits, and PPEs.
In his remarks during the presentation, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s Minister of Health while commending the donations, sought for support and encouragement for the Nigerian health workers who have been working round the clock throughout the pandemic.
Jean Claude KasiBrou, the President of ECOWAS Commission, who disclosed that the medical equipment were locally sourced to support local industries, also commended the Nigerian government for helping provide support and logistics to the Commission to assist in the distribution of the medical equipment to other parts of West Africa.
Professor Stanley Okolo, DG of WAHO, in his address disclosed that the medical supplies were secured through a grant from the German government and German Development Agency (GIZ).
Also, while commending the GIZWAHOpartnership on infectious diseases which began in 2016, Mr. Ludwig Kirchner, the Coordinator, GIZ-ECOWAS Cluster, stated that while the donation is vital in fighting the COVID-19 in the West African region, the German Government will continue to support the region during the pandemic.