COVID-19: UN to Provide 10,000 Test Kits, 15 Oxygen Concentrators, PPE to Nigeria

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The United Nations has provided support to Nigeria in the fight against Coronavirus in the country.

The United Nations will be making delivery of vital health supplies, which was co-financed by the European Union (EU) and IHS Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of IHS Towers, on a flight funded by APM Terminals.

The supplies, 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, will support the Nigerian Government’s COVID-19 Response Plan and UNICEF’s work with children and families in Nigeria.

Additional COVID-19 response supplies are expected in a UN joint flight to be delivered to Nigeria in the coming days.

Edward Kallon, the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, said the supplies would help to curb the spread of the virus in the country.
Kallon disclosed that the UN is developing and disseminating messages, infographics, and audio-visual material informing the public about the risks of COVID-19 across the country, and how to protect oneself.

“We know that to limit the spread of the virus, it is important to test as many people as possible, especially those with recent travel history and those who came into contact with travelers.

“These test kits will support Nigeria’s drive to control the transmission of COVID-19 infections and support the Government’s ongoing strong efforts to protect the country from an escalating pandemic.

“Working closely together with the Government and other partners, including the private sector, is the surest way of preventing and containing the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the support of the EU and IHS in getting these vital supplies to strengthen the UN’s efforts in helping the Government of Nigeria to address the COVID-19 challenge,” said Kallon.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Nigeria in late February, the UN has been supporting the Government of Nigeria to respond to the pandemic through risk communications and community engagement, infection prevention and control, epidemiology/surveillance and management of coronavirus cases.

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