Against the backdrop of global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on countries’ socio-economic life, the United Nations (UN) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has donated over 270 cubic meters of medical supplies to Nigeria to further enhance the country’s COVID-19 response.
The items donated through the UN COVID-19 Basket Fund is to help boost the nation’s fight against COVID-19.
Speaking at the handover ceremony held in Abuja recently, Dr. OsagieEhanire, Hounorable Minister of Health, while receiving the medical supplies, commended the EU and UN for the donation, positing that the response showed an example of international collaboration in the moment of crisis.
The Health Minister who decried the continuous rise in the daily number of infections in the country posited that Nigeria was yet to conquer the pandemic in spite of efforts to address its impact.
Mr Edward Kallon, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria while acknowledging the support to the Government of Nigeria from the EU and other partners through the One UN COVID-19 response pointed out that, global solidarity is not only a moral imperative but is the only way to reduce the impact of the COVID crisis.
Mr. Kallon therefore called on all Nigerians to lead and own the fight against COVID 19 by complying with preventive measures of hand washing, wearing of masks and social distancing.
He also tasked State authorities to lead by example in this fight while holding institutions and organizations accountable to ensure compliance.
Emphasizing on EU’s continuous support for Nigeria, MrAlexandre Borges Gomes, Chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation said that “the continued EU support to Nigeria translates into enhanced delivery of healthcare services to those affected by the pandemic and protection of frontline health workers; the assistance will also help the Government to tackle the socio-economic aspect of the crisis, including the safeguarding of livelihoods of the most vulnerable.”
The 270 Cubic Meters of Medical Supplies donated to Nigeria is the second consignment, which is part of the $22 million procurement of essential medical supplies for the COVID-19 response approved by the EU and endorsed by the Nigeria/One-UN COVID-19 Basket Fund Board.
The latest shipment consists of thousands of PPEs and hundreds of other medical supplies that will aid the provision of adequate healthcare services for persons infected by the virus.