COVID-19 : FG takes delivery of $1m Saudi donated equipment –director

The Federal Government has taken delivery of medical equipment worth one million dollars donated the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according Mr Olusegun Adetola, Director, Media and Public Relations in the Ministry of Health.

In a statement in Abuja, on Tuesday, Adetola said that the handing-over ceremony took place at the Saudi Arabia Embassy.

Represented at the occasion Alhaji Abdulazeez Abdullahi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said the equipment would help combat the ramifications of the COVID-19 in the country.

Ehanire thanked the kingdom for its donation of 23 ventilators accompanied with other items such as: surgical sterile gowns, non-sterile surgical gowns, surgical mask, nitrite gloves.

He reiterated government’s effort the COVID-19 until its total eradication, as he acknowledged the Kingdom’s continuous contributions the growth of Nigeria’s health sector, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.

The minister also appreciated the extensive efforts of the kingdom in combating blindness, cataract and glaucoma, amongst other sight weakness and disorders in Nigeria.

Ehanire expressed government’s readiness utilise the donated medical equipment positively and their distribution various medical centres, while noting the kingdom’s role as a key partner in global health and development.

In remarks, the Ambassador of the kingdom, Mr Faisal Al-Ghamdi, emphasised country’s plans organise 12 voluntary medical campaigns combat blindness, undertake heart surgeries and cataract, across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones.

He also mentioned humanitarian assistance being rendered by the kingdom displaced persons in the North East, in addition the distribution of food baskets worth of $10 million dollars families in Borno, Yobe, and Zamfara States. (NAN)