The Nigerian Diaspora COVID-19 Eradication Support Group as well as other diaspora groups, including the Association of Nigerian Physicians in America (ANPA), Nido Americas and Nido China, have mobilised funds to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) worth a total of N48 million naira.
According to a statement by Gabriel Odu, Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), on Friday, the move was to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and protect frontline health workers.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, alongside Chairman/CEO, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa presented the items to the Chairman and Members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
The Minister acknowledged the contributions of Nigerians in Diaspora and urged them to continue to contribute towards home.
In the same vein, Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that every state is captured in the distribution of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for frontline medical and paramedical staff in all the teaching hospitals and federal medical centres across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Chairman, PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle who received the fifty- three thousand and thirty-six items commended the wisdom of the Federal Government in establishing NiDCOM and galvanising the donations.
On his own part, the National Coordinator, PTF on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu said the donations will escalate areas of coverage especially for the frontline workers. He urged more Nigerians to get involved to fight the deadly pandemic still ravaging communities.
The complete set of PPEs, described as durable, reusable and of very high quality, donated by the Nigerian Diaspora COVID-19 support group, were all produced in Nigeria by Nigerians.