The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard officially handed over 200 brand-new, leading edge ventilators to the Nigerian Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire to support the government’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic at an August 11, 2020 ceremony at the Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse.
The arrival of the ventilators fulfilled President Trump’s promise to President Buhari and represent the strong partnership between the United States and Nigeria on health issues.
In collaboration with USAID and the Presidential Task Force, the Ministry of Health will coordinate the expedient delivery, transportation, and placement of the ventilators in COVID treatment centers and intensive care units across the country. USAID is also funding a support package that includes accompanying equipment, medical supplies, technical assistance, and service plans.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the United States has provided Nigeria more than $54 million in COVID-19 assistance and technical advice and will continue to support Nigeria’s prevention and response efforts, both now and in the future.