Coronavirus: More than one million face masks set to arrive from China - Health minister
- The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, has said that the Nigerian government would soon take delivery of over one million face masks from China
- Ehanire said the masks would be accompanied by ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs)
- The cases of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria have risen to 238
Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, has said that more than one million masks are about to be received into the country from China.
Channels TV reports that while addressing reporters on Monday, April 6, in Abuja, the minister explained that the masks were being sent by a Chinese construction company, as parts of its corporate social responsibility efforts to help Nigeria combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Legit.ng gathered that the Chinese company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), is in charge of a number of Nigeria’s major railway construction projects.
The masks are to be accompanied by ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and an 18-man team made up of Chinese medical and technical experts, the minister said during the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19.
Ehanire believes the supplies being brought in by China are “globally scarce” and will “augment government support and build capacity to contain the outbreak.”
“Many of you who read the news know that there is a global competition for masks, that certain countries have been accusing each other of capturing each other’s masks.
“There has also been a global competition for ventilators with some countries donating ventilators to others and also swapping ventilators. So... it is particularly pacifying that in the face of all of this, we are able to get these supplies here, which even if we had the money, we would not have been able to order.
“In addition, the technical experts will comprise research doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians with public health managers who will share their own knowledge and skills – and their real-life experiences of fighting COVID-19 - with Nigerian experts to strengthen our own management of cases, especially with regard to critical care. As we all know, this country (China) has had quite an experience with it,” he added.
The minister stressed the usefulness of the equipment being brought in and how the country would benefit from the knowledge of the Chinese experts.
He said: “Now, this initiative will greatly build the capacity of our hard-working and resourceful Nigerian healthcare workers who are at the forefront of fighting the virus. But the most needed PPE and masks will also protect our frontline workers and mitigate the spread of this disease.
“We do have a window of opportunity to strengthen our response mechanisms through lessons we learn from any country that has had the experience and can provide a hands-on demonstration of how to deal with the outbreak and give Nigerian clinical workforce the opportunity of sharing global best practices.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ayodele Fayose, the immediate past governor of Ekiti state, called on governments at all levels, religious bodies, corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals to focus on strategic implementation of “stomach infrastructure.”
It was reported that Fayose, in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, April 6, in Ado Ekiti through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said that his advice should be taken seriously. The former governor said hunger can kill faster than coronavirus.
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