African Development Bank, AfDB, has donated health equipment worth $290,000 to the government in order to address the current health challenges in the country.
In a statement sent to Nigerian Pilot, yesterday, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, on Thursday in
Abuja, received the equipment on behalf of the government.
Adewole said it would help Nigeria to prepare against any eventuality that may occur.
“We thank you very sincerely and we need more, this
is just the beginning the whole world must be prepared for
eventualities as global warming is bringing quite a number of challenges in the health sector, yesterday was Lassa fever, then there was Ebola and today it is Zika, we don’t know what would happen tomorrow and thereafter.
“The most important thing is that we must be prepared at
all times, we look forward to supporting our laboratories, facilities and building the human system that would make the country ready for any epidemic.’’
WHO procured the equipment with the fund from AfDB.
Country Director, WHO, Dr. Rui Gama Vaz, said the equipment was meant to curtail the spread of Ebola, but since Nigeria has succeeded in curtailing the virus, it can be used to address other epidemic.
“We are here to deliver to the ministry of health the equipment that was purchased with fund from the AfDB as part of the Ebola response, however, since Ebola has been contained, we can use these commodities and supply to help in response to any other epidemic.”
Country Director, AfDB, Ousmane Dore, commended government for containing the Ebola epidemic.
“We would like, on behalf of the president, AfDB, to express our sincere commendation for the way in which the Nigerian government was able to arrest the spread of the Ebola disease for which the bank had earmarked some resources to help you.’’
He said the quick response by the government made international communities to be assured that the political will and determination in the fight against Ebola was serious.
The items received include two ambulances, 30 Bajaj motorcycles, 34 safety boxes among others.

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