Health Minister


Minister of health, Osagie Enahire broke the news at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Friday.

He revealed that medical supplies has been donated by group of Chinese companies working in Nigeria to support the country’s fight against COVID-19.

He said the items include commodities such as personal protective equipment and ventilators.

“I have been notified of medical supplies from China, courtesy of a group of Chinese companies working here in Nigeria.

A special cargo aircraft shall leave Nigeria in a few days to collect the items which include commodities, personal protective equipment and ventilators. 

An 18-man team of Chinese medical experts including doctors, nurses and other medical advisers shall come along with the flight to assist us. I must at this juncture commend our frontline workers who are doing a great job in case identification and management.

As we prepare to contain COVID-19, we must not lose sight of other health challenges in our country. Routine health service must continue in our hospitals. Only a wing of tertiary health centers should be used for infected patients.”

The minister said nearly 3,000 samples have been tested for the disease, adding that Nigeria will witness an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases despite the lockdown.

Nigeria has recorded 190 confirmed cases, he added.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has accused the Nigeria Medical Association for not helping the nation to fight against coronavirus.

The minister revealed this in Abuja while giving an update on the virus on Monday. He complained that since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, the association had not visited him or come up with an idea on how to fight the virus.

He said, “I have not seen what the NMA has done and they have not spoken to me since the whole activity broke out.

They have not asked us what they can do. We will like them to do that and find out how far we are going.

I am a member of the NMA but they have not called to say well done and how can we help you.

Other countries and agencies have asked us. The United Nations invited us to find out what they can do.”