by Alli Mustapha
In a bid to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in the country, the Government of the People’s Republic of China has donated infection prevention and control materials and information communication technology (ICT) equipment to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Dr Zhou Pingjian, The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, presented the donations to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire in Abuja on behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
Dr. Zhou maintained that China firmly supports Nigeria’s fight against the virus, while also noting that it stands ready to assist, if needed, to the best of its capacity.
According to Dr. Zhou, China will try its best to provide medical supplies to Nigeria and do whatever it could do to support Nigeria. He also added that China will continue to share information and experience with Nigeria and strengthen cooperation on containment, treatment and vaccines in response to the challenge of the virus, with a view to building together, a community of shared health for mankind.
Zhou further said China was deeply touched by the compassion shown to its people from Nigeria and the international community at large.
“We will never forget the sympathy and support extended by Nigeria when the Chinese people were in the most challenging stage of battling the epidemic.
“On behalf of the Embassy and the Chinese community, I wish to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for all your commendable work,” Zhou also said.
In responding to the kind gesture, The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire congratulated China for coming out of the coronavirus threat and its recovery process both economically and in health.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Nigeria, we heartily accept these gifts which you have brought to us in our struggle as we are facing the threat of coronavirus invasion. It is like an invasion and like we are fighting a war like you did.
“So, with the benefit of your experience, we also want to know how you got up over this challenge. If you have some public health experts, who can visit us to help us with our strategy; the journey to fight corona is not a journey that many people know and if there are people who have understood how this war has gone, it will be the people of China who have experienced it firsthand and experience it very seriously.
“So, if we can have some public health experts who will come and help us to review our strategy and give us assistance, we shall appreciate it,” Ehanire said.
Ehanire also urged China to assist Nigeria with technical support in order to prepare for worst-case scenario and ventilators which are respirators, general medical protective equipment, hand diagnostic reagents for laboratory, including logistics.