COVID-19 Response: UN Provides Vital Supplies for Nigeria Government

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Precise Post) – In its quest support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, the United Nations today received delivery of vital health supplies on a flight funded by APM Terminals.

The supplies, made up of 10,000 test kits, 15 oxygen concentrators, and various personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccines, IEHK/PEP kits, and vital health supplies, will support the Nigerian ’s COVID-19 Response Plan and UNICEF’s work with children and in Nigeria.

The supplies will also support the of Nigeria, through the National Center for Control (), prevent and respond the COVID-19 pandemic in affected states across the country. The supplies are co-financed by the European Union () and IHS Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of IHS Towers.

Additional COVID-19 response supplies are expected in a UN joint flight be delivered Nigeria in the coming days.

The personal protection equipment (PPEs) will protect medical personnel and ancillary staff are the first responders in the frontline, providing care and treatment to people affected by the virus. The test kits will enable healthcare workers to test those suspect they have the virus to verify their health status, so they can get treatment and protect their and communities.

“We know that to limit the spread of the virus, it is important to test as many people as possible, especially those with recent travel history and those came into contact with travelers. These test kits will support Nigeria’s drive to control the transmission of COVID-19 infections and support the ’s ongoing strong efforts to protect the country an escalating pandemic,” said Edward Kallon, the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Nigeria.

Since the outbreak of the in Nigeria in late February, the UN has been supporting the Government of Nigeria to respond to the pandemic through risk communications and community engagement, infection prevention and control, epidemiology/surveillance and management of cases.

Working with government and partners, the UN is developing and disseminating messages, infographics, and audio-visual material informing the public about the risks of COVID-19 across the country, and how to protect oneself.

“Working closely together with the Government and partners, including the sector, is the surest way of preventing and containing the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the support of the and IHS in getting these vital supplies to strengthen the UN’s efforts in helping the Government of Nigeria to address the COVID-19 challenge,” said Edward Kallon.