European Union supports United Nations with lifesaving assistance to fight COVID-19 in Nigeria
- Nigeria is getting support from its friends across the globe as the number of cases of COVID-19 in the country continues to increase
- The UN has announced that it received 1.2 million euros from the European Union for the response activities for COVID-19 in Nigeria
- A Nigeria continues to battle the pandemic, there is a need to drastically scale-up public health preparedness and response
The United Nations (UN) has announced that it received 1.2 million euros from the European Union for the provision of lifesaving preparedness and response activities for COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The humanitarian funding received will further the UN’s COVID-19 response in Nigeria, a statement from the global body noted.
The UN specifically stated that the funds will be used by engaging with communities on how to best protect themselves from the virus and providing essential health supplies where they are needed most.
“With these critical funds from the EU, the UN as a whole in Nigeria is in a better position to do the important work of engaging with communities on how they can prevent the spread of this virus, and also complement the government’s efforts to ensure that healthcare workers can continue the critical work they are already doing to test and treat cases in the country,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.
“In these trying times, the European Union is maintaining its humanitarian support to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria, where we have funded close to €271.5 million (116 billion NGN) in emergency food aid, shelter, access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and basic primary healthcare since 2014,” said Thomas Conan, Head of the EU’s Humanitarian Aid Office in Nigeria.
With EU funding, UNICEF will be contributing to the efforts underway in the country to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its effects.
It will help with the emergency response to identified cases, as well as prevention and preparedness measures for possible future outbreaks in crowded cities and camps for internally displaced people in Nigeria’s north-east region.
The European Union and its member states are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid.
Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian aid Operations department (ECHO), the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year.
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Recall that the United Nations on Thursday, April 16 received delivery of vital health supplies to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The supplies were made up of 10,000 test kits, 15 oxygen concentrators, and various personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccines, IEHK/PEP kits, and other vital health supplies.
The equipment is expected to support the Nigerian government’s COVID-19 response plan and UNICEF’s work with children and families in Nigeria.
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