The United States has donated 200 ventilators to the Nigerian Government as part of its measures to fight the dreaded scourged bedeviling the whole world.
The ventilators arrived Nigerian on Tuesday 11th August, 2020 and was received by Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health in a ceremony organised to received the items.
Ehanire expressed his gratitude to President Donald Trump and the US Government for seeing the needs to send in the ventilators.
He also said the ventilators will gp a long way to reinforce the intensive care response Capability in the country and will also serve as an encouragement and a booster to health care professionals across the country.
In Ehanire’s word, “This donation consist consist of 200 ventilators, which as we all know by now, are a critical component of the response strategy to safe the lives of persons who have been severely severely impacHealth this viral infection.”
Ehanire who also conveyed the appreciation of the Nigerian President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari to President Trump and the United States Government for this act of kindness, says the ventilators will be of utmost benefits to Nigerians.
The Minister also appreciated the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USCDC and the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency Mary Beth Leonard for their participation and interest in the country.
Lastly, he further recognises the efforts put in place by nations around the globe to fight the pandemic as well as the role of the media in the dissemination of information and enlightenment on the general public.
The US Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard while giving her remarks, guaranteed Nigerians on the willingness of the USAID to work hand – in – hand with the Ministry oportable and the Presidential Task Force for COVID 19 in the next couple of weeks so as to ensure the ventilators arrived all the States of the federation including the FCT.
Leonard also said “the 200 ventilators being transferred today are compact and portable and can be easily mobilise to reach those patients with the most severe symptoms of COVID – 19. their arrival fulfils the commitment discussed between Presidents Trump and Buhari earlier this year. Our support includes training on the use and maintenance of this equipment, ensuring that the ventilators can address other respiratory illnesses in the years beyond the virus.”
It could be recalled that on 28th April, 2020, President Trump in a telephone conversation with President Buhari promised to send ventilators to the Nigerian Government.
Finally Leonard expressed her excitement towards the existing friendship between the two countries, stating that ” Nigeria is now one of just two countries in Africa to have an ‘Oxygen roadmap’ that seeks to fight against Pneumonia, Hypoxaemia and now COVID – 19.”
Meanwhile, many Nigerians took to social media platforms to expressed their displeasure with the ceremony organised by the Federal Government just to receive ventilators, calling it a waste of money that is scarely available.