President Muhammadu Buhari has donated N67 million worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and other medical supplies to African Island nation, São Tomé and Príncipe, to help the country combat the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made the disclosure at the task force’s National Briefing on Monday.
According to him, the President made the donation as the ECOWAS Champion on the Containment of COVID-19 in the West African Sub-Region.
He noted that Buhari’s regional effort would more impactful if Nigerians demonstrate that the country’s National Response could be replicable in other West African countries.
The PTF chairman urges Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to safety measures.
“I am happy to inform you that, as the ECOWAS Champion on the Containment of COVID-19 in the West African Sub-Region, Mr. President made a donation of N67 million worth of PPEs and medical supplies to the government and people of São Tomé And Príncipe,” Mustapha said.
“Mr. President’s leadership of this regional effort would be more impactful if Nigerians demonstrate that our National Response could be replicable in other West African countries by changing their behaviour.
“The PTF wishes to use this opportunity to appreciate the group of survivors that have added their voices to the campaign against stigmatization and urge the rest of us to always remember that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and we need to be supportive of one another.
“Most importantly, lets wear our masks properly, stay at home especially for those above 60 years, maintain social distancing and continue to take personal responsibility while we encourage others to do same.”
As of Sunday night, Nigeria had recorded 43, 841 cases of COVID-19 with 20, 308 recoveries and 888 deaths.