…President Donald Trump administration fulfills its promise in helping Nigerian government fight COVID-19
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Bert Leonard on behalf of the American government in their bid to help Nigeria curtail COVID-19 gave over 200 ventilators to the Nigeria on Tuesday at the Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse in the nation’s capital.
The donation of these items marked the promise made four months ago by President Donald Trump administration to assist Nigeria with ventilators as the Federal Government scuffles the COVID-19 pandemic that has bedeviled the world.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari in a telephone conversation with the American President on April 28 made some request that would help in tackling the pandemic as disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
Although Nigeria reported 1,337 confirmed COVID-19 cases with its death toll at 40 as of April 26, the statistics of the infections has however aggravated to 46,867 with 950 deaths recorded as of August 10.
However, based on the number of fatalities recorded from COVID-19 in the country, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, had cautioned that Nigerians should strictly adhere to the protocols and procedures erected by the health and relevant agencies to curtail the pandemic.
The medical practitioner who gave the warning at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday said the caution is very necessary in preventing the country from regretting.
He added that until a vaccine is discovered for the virus, adherence to the guidelines remains the safest means to be free from the pandemic.
“Until there is a vaccine, the only options we have to protect ourselves, are still the non-pharmaceutical measures that are proven to be cheap and effective, such as the appropriate use of face masks, physical distancing, and avoiding crowds. If we do not adhere, there could be regrets,” he alerted.