United States Department of Defense through the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), has provided personal protective equipment worth $144,000 to support COVID-19 prevention in military and civilian medical facilities in Lagos, Kano, Akwa-Ibom, and Cross River States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
A statement by the US embassy in Abuja says the ceremonial handover of the items to Nigerian military took place at the 063 Nigerian Air Force Hospital (NAFH) in Abuja.
It says the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini, and the U.S. Charge d’Affaires, Kathleen FitzGibbon, presided over the event.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, inaugurated the 063 NAFH as a COVID-19 treatment center in June 2020, to serve as primary military isolation and treatment center in Abuja and actively contributes to the national response by admitting, treating, and releasing COVID-19 patients.
It states that the U.S. Department of Defense contribution is as a result of the longstanding partnership between America and Nigerian militaries and is another component of the more than $57 million in support to the COVID-19 response in Nigeria.