The ECOWAS Commission, through the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) has handed over essential medical equipment to the government of Nigeria as part of the regional response strategy to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event which took place on the in Abuja over the weekend Nigeria capital city flags off the series of hand overs which will cover the entire region and boost the collective effort aimed at managing and curtailing the spread of the deadly virus.
With the active support of the German government through its Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the development agency-Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and well as bank- Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the collaborative effort delivered 12,800 goggles, 294,000 small, medium and large gloves, 23,220 small, medium and large gowns, 8,190 coverall and 1,600 face shields.
Other items also delivered were 12, 000 masks, 10,000 surgical masks, 5,000 sanitizers, 40,512 diagnostic test kits and two each of ventilators and ventilator trolleys. Pledging firm commitment of the regional community to the fight against Covid-19, the President of the ECOWAS Commission H.E Jean-Claude Kassi Brou expressed the appreciation of ECOWAS to all the partners in the fight against COVID-19, which has enabled a measure of progress to be made.
President Brou particularly thanked the president of Nigeria and regional champion on COVID-19 H.E Muhammadu Buhari for the leadership and support provided including logistics back up to aid the distribution of the items to other ECOWAS Member States. He enthused that the materials donated will go a long way in the fight against COVID-19 bearing in mind the sustenance of the collective and coordinated regional efforts in ensuring that the health and wellbeing of West African citizens are guaranteed.
In his remarks, Nigeria’s minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire maintained that the public health institution of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as well as the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 were set up to ensure government effectively respond to strategy and determine non-pharmaceutical measures to ensure the safety of citizens.