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WHO donates 26 ventilators, 3,560 fingertip kits to Nigeria

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WORLD Health Organisation has donated 26 ventilators and 3,560 fingertip oxygen pulses for the management of patients in isolation and treatment facilities, as well as home-based patients in Nigeria.

  The Country Representative, Dr Walter Kazadi, presented the donation to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire,

  The Minister of Health, Dr Ehanire, has received the donated items from WHO Country Representative, Dr Walter Kazadi, in Abuja on August 5, 2021.

  “We thank you and appreciate these additional assets as we have to deal with the fears of the third wave of COVID-19,” Ehanire told the WHO’s Country Representative Dr Kazadi, who presented the items to him.

  The items were delivered on the same day Nigeria recorded its highest daily infections in six months, amid a strike by resident doctors in the country and growing concerns about widespread protocol violations by citizens.

  Dr Ehanire expects the ventilators to come in handy in the race to halt the spread of the pandemic.

  “Ventilators are becoming very useful, especially for early response in the period of COVID-19, and even after COVID-19, they will remain assets all over the country,” he said.

  Dr Kazadi believes Nigeria has performed relatively well in containing the first and second waves of the pandemic.

  He also found Nigeria’s national case fatality rate which he put at 1.3 percent, a level that was half the regional average, encouraging.

  With the country now battling the third wave of the pandemic, Dr Kazadi expects it to achieve success in flattening the curve. The WHO is also ready to play its part.

  “It is against this backdrop we wish to demonstrate our continued support of the ministry’s efforts in further strengthening the country’s capacity in case management,” he said.

  Nigeria recorded 747 COVID-19 infections in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday.

  It is the highest in almost six months since February 19 when the nation recorded 1,492 cases – data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed.

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