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The United Nations on Tuesday evening delivered ventilators and other medical supplies to Nigeria.

The medical supplies were received by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and some other members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The consignment arrived at the Abuja airport around 5:00 p.m on Tuesday.

The medical supplies were procured by the UN system in Nigeria to support the government’s COVID-19 response.

The consignment, which the UN said could be the first of several others to come, includes 50 A30 ventilators and personal protective supplies.

UN Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the supplies were procured with funds from the recently inaugurated COVID-19 Basket Fund, including $2m mobilised within the UN system in Nigeria and a $200,000 contribution from APM Terminals.

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According to him, the supplies will be deployed across to health facilities across the country based on needs and coordination structures already in place between the government and the UN.

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