The United States has donated 200 ventilators to Federal Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire giving the President’s remarks during the handing over ceremony of 200 life saving ventilators.
While receiving the items in Abuja,the Minster of Health, Dr Osagie Enahire said medical items were critical to saving the lives of persons affected by COVID-19.
In April this year, the United States President, Donald Trump during a phone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari promised to give Nigeria Ventilators to fight the covid19 pandemic.
At the event, Minster of Health, Dr Osagie Enahire said the ventilators would be used to support the country’s Intensive Care response capability.
“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 Donald Trump and the United States Government for the generous consideration and friendly gesture.”
Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, representing President Donald Trump and the American People, giving her remarks during the handing over ceremony.
“This donation consists of 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.”
According to the minister, “The Federal Ministry of Health, and its public health Agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), have focused on providing guidance to tackle the challenges.”
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard said the support also include training of experts on the use and maintenance of the ventilators.
“The 200 ventilators being transferred today are compact and portable, and can be easily mobilized to reach those patients with the most severe symptoms of COVID-19.”
6: Cross section of Directors present during the handing over ceremony
She noted that the arrival of the ventilators was in fulfillment of commitment discussed between Presidents Trump and Buhari earlier this year.
“Our support includes training on the use and maintenance of this equipment, ensuring that the ventilators can address other respiratory illnesses in the years beyond the virus.”
“The United States has been pivotal in supporting Nigeria’s membership in the ‘Every Breath Counts’ Coalition. Nigeria is now one of just two countries in Africa to have an “oxygen roadmap” that seeks to fight against pneumonia, hypoxemia, and now COVID-19. she added.
Cross section of Nigerian Journalists during the handing over ceremony
In a message to the event, Director General ,Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu who commended the United States government said the support would assist the federal government efforts in the fight against the pandemic.