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More Than A Million Masks Set To Arrive From China – Health Minister

A file picture of the Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at a press convention in Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.



The Minister of Well being, Osagie Ehanire, says a couple of million masks are about to be obtained into the nation from China.

Addressing reporters on Monday in Abuja, he defined that the masks had been being despatched by a Chinese language development firm, CCECC, as components of its company social accountability efforts to assist Nigeria fight the coronavirus pandemic.

CCECC, China Civil Engineering Development Company, is in command of a lot of Nigeria’s main railway development initiatives.

The masks are to be accompanied by ventilators, Private Protecting Tools (PPEs) and an 18-man workforce made up of Chinese language medical and technical specialists, the Minister mentioned through the day by day briefing of the Presidential Activity Drive on COVID-19.

Ehanire believes the provides being introduced in by China are “globally scarce” and can “augment government support and build capacity to contain the outbreak.”

An image taken on March four, 2020, reveals a bottle of alcohol gel hand sanitiser and an FFP2 protecting face masks. Olivier MORIN / AFP



“Many of you who read the news know that there is a global competition for masks, that certain countries have been accusing each other of capturing each other’s masks,” he mentioned.

“There has additionally been a world competitors for ventilators with some nations donating ventilators to others and likewise swapping ventilators.

“So . . . it’s notably pacifying that within the face of all of this, we’re in a position to get these provides right here, which even when we had the cash, we might not have been in a position to order.

“As well as, the technical specialists will comprise analysis medical doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians with public well being managers who will share their very own data and abilities – and their real-life experiences of preventing COVID-19 – with Nigerian specialists to strengthen our personal administration of circumstances, particularly with regard to important care.

“As everyone knows, this nation (China) has had fairly an expertise with it,” he added.


The Minister careworn the usefulness of the gear being introduced in and the way the nation would profit from the data of the Chinese language specialists.

He mentioned, “Now, this initiative will enormously construct the capability of our hard-working and resourceful Nigerian healthcare employees who’re on the forefront of preventing the virus.

“However probably the most wanted PPE and masks will even defend our frontline employees and mitigate the unfold of this illness.

“We do have a window of alternative to strengthen our response mechanisms by way of classes we be taught from any nation that has had the expertise and might present a hands-on demonstration of the right way to cope with the outbreak and provides Nigerian medical workforce the chance of sharing international greatest practices.”

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