FG Receives N26bn Medical Supplies from EU

Minister of state for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire

• Cases hit 43,151 with 19,565 discharged and 879 deaths

By Onyebuchi Ezigbo

Federal government yesterday said it had formally received the 2nd Batch of Medical Supplies purchased with UN Basket Fund for COVID-19 Response.

Meanwhile, the 462 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria yesterday, took the number of confirmed cases to 43,151 with 19,565 discharged and 879 deaths.

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said the ministry joined the National Coordinator of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, at the Cargo Section of Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, to receive medical supplies from EU contributions worth N26 billion.

The Charge D’affairs of the European Union mission to Nigeria, Mr. Alexander Borges -Gomes, who coordinated the handing over of the Medical Supplies, said that the items were procured through the “One United Nations COVID-19 Basket Fund from a significant contribution from the European Union of €50 Million (N26 billion).”

The medical supplies include 500,000 face shields; 200,000 goggles; 100 oro-pharyngeal airways; 10,000 bio-hazard bags; and 14,000 safety boxes.

A statement signed by the Director, Information, Media and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi quoted Borges-Gomes as having explained that the consignment is the 2nd Batch Medical Supplies by Team Europe – the EU and its MSs after the arrival of the 1st batch in mid-June, adding that “Team Europe operates globally and here is the effort on behalf of Nigeria.” He expatiated that the idea of Team Europe is to counter the world wide ravages of COVID-19. He expressed the expectation that the equipment will boost the Nigerian Government’s response efforts as a whole but in particular, they will protect the heroic frontline health workers, who care for the sick at great risk to themselves.

In his remark, Ehanire said this 2nd Batch of medical supplies will allay the fears of the health workers and especially the frontline health workers who thought that Nigeria may be running short of supplies and are threatening strike action. He said, there is arrangement in place through institutions and international friends like the EU and the UN to have replenishment. He assured the EU and the UN of judicious distribution of the medical supplies to needed areas.