Nigeria has received ventilators and other medical supplies provided by the United Nations on Tuesday.

According to The Punch, some members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, received the supplies at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

On the time it got here, the shipment of ventilators and other essential medical supplies procured by the UN system in Nigeria to support the government’s COVID-19 response arrived the NAIA around 5pm.

The consignment, which the UN said could be the first of several others to come, includes 50 A30 ventilators and personal protective supplies.

UN Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the supplies were procured with funds from the recently inaugurated COVID-19 Basket Fund, including $2m mobilised within the UN system in Nigeria and a $200,000 contribution from APM Terminals.

He also stated that the supplies would be deployed across the country to health facilities based on needs and coordination structures already in place between the government and the UN.

Speaking further, Kallon disclosed that the next shipments of personal protective equipment are expected to arrive in Nigeria later this month.

In his words, “The world is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The spread of the COVID-19 is expected to put immense pressure on Nigeria’s healthcare system.

“The UN in Nigeria is actively mobilising resources in support of the government’s national response strategy of containing the pandemic and adequately caring for those confirmed to have the virus.”

Among those present to receive the consignment was the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.

He noted that the supplies would go a long way towards boosting the government’s efforts to strengthen healthcare services and manage the pandemic.

Punch