The Supplies of medical equipment worth €80,000 (N32.5m) have been donated by the United Nations to Nigeria to assist in the fight against Coronavirus.
Materials included; reagents and laboratory consumables,diagnostic machines and kits, biosafety supplies, such as personal protection equipment and laboratory cabinets, amongst others.
This disclosure was made on Friday in Abuja while briefing the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.
The donation was secured by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande, from the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN agency, he said.
“Our Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna has been able to secure from the International Atomic Energy Agency a donation of €80,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to assist the COVID-19 response,” The minister said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the first batch of supplies, worth around €4 million, would help the countries use the technique known as real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, a sensitive technique for detecting viruses currently available.
The Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi of The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the agency was dispatching the first batch of the equipment to Nigeria and more than 40 other countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect coronavirus.
“This emergency assistance is part of the IAEA’s response to requests for support from around 90 Member States in controlling an increasing number of infections worldwide. IAEA staff are working hard to ensure that this critical equipment is delivered as quickly as possible,” He said.