The Federal Government on Tuesday received 200 ventilators promised by the United States to support Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19.
The ventilators were received by the Ministry of Health from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Abuja.
In his remark, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said: “We shall use the ventilators to shore up our Intensive Care response capability, courtesy of President Donald Trump, and people of the United States of America.
“These 200 ventilators, which, as we all know by now, are a critical component of the response strategy to save the lives of persons who have been severely impacted by this viral infection.
“They will certainly be of great benefit to the people of Nigeria and I wish to convey the appreciation of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and of the government of Nigeria, to President Trump and the U.S. government for the generous consideration and friendly gesture.
“We particularly appreciate that this gift comes against the backdrop that the U.S. is also fighting its own fierce battle against the COVID-19 plague.”
Ehanire also commended USAID and the US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard, for their interest and engagement in Nigeria.
The minister called on the U.S. “ to lend its full weight to global efforts to find efficacious therapeutics and vaccines to neutralise the threat of COVID-19 to the global community and to guarantee fair allocation to all countries and people.”
He added: “The speed and ease with which COVID-19 has spread across the globe clearly shows that it is a threat to mankind. Without the full collaboration of all nations, the threat of COVID-19 to any one part of the world is a threat to all.”