US Donates $1.3 Million Field Hospital To Nigeria To Improve COVID-19 Treatment Efforts

The United States has donated a field hospital to assist Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

The facility was donated to the Ministry of Health by the US Department of Defense’s Africa Command, supported by USAID, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).

Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria, alongside Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, commissioned the field clinic on Jan. 22  at the Federal Medical Center in Jabi, Abuja, the US mission said on Monday.

The fully equipped hospital has negative pressure isolation facilities capable of housing 40 patients, with an administrative unit, beds, subfloors and other support equipment.

Leonard described the $1.3 million field hospital donation as a mark of the partnership between Nigeria and the US.

Asides this, the US has also supported Africa with more than $488 million donated in equipment as well as training and educating medical personnel in combating the coronavirus, with $73 million going to Nigeria including a delivery of 200 ventilators, epidemiological COVID detection surveys, technical assistance, and service plans.

“Over 60 members of the US Mission in Nigeria – from the CDC, USAID, and the US Department of Defense’s Walter Reed Army Institute of Research – stood side by side with Nigerian counterparts at the National Center for Disease Control, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Presidential Task Force and Nigerian military to strategize, plan, and effectively implement treatment of Nigerian citizens over the past eleven months,” the mission said.

Leonard also stated that the US government remains committed to standing with Nigeria to ensure capacity is continuously developed to enable the country improve in treating and safety isolating and treating COVID-19 cases.

“As we celebrate 60 years of US-Nigeria diplomatic relations, and many years of health partnerships, it is deeply satisfying to look back on the many ways we have worked together to improve the health, safety, and security of the Nigerian people.

“Supporting the healthcare workers who are caring for patients at this facility and across the country, is critical to Nigeria’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19,” she added.

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