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COVID-19: Nigerian govt donates N67m PPEs, medical supplies to Sao Tome and Principe

The Federal Government on Thursday donated protective equipment and other medical supplies worth N67 million to the government and people of Sao Tome and Principe.

The donation followed a request by the Sao Tome government for support from Nigeria in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Acting Head of East and Central African Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tukur Maigari, disclosed this in Abuja shortly before the consignment departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Maigari said the medical equipment included units of test kits, extraction kits, infrared thermometers and other items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to treat and test more than 20,000 in Sao Tome and Principe.

He said: “The donation is consequent upon the request of the government of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.

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“The donation of the medical equipment was to assist the Sao Tome government in the ongoing efforts to mitigate the spirit COVID-19 in the country.”

Maigari said the Nigeria-Sao Tome relations have been very cordial and characterised by the mutual and economic benefits of both countries.

He added that the two countries shared a marine border which necessitated the establishment of the Nigeria-Sao Tome Joint Development Authority (JDA) for exploring the natural hydrocarbon resources for the benefit of both countries.

Also speaking, the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sao Tome and Principe in Nigeria, Djazalde Agujar, the federal government for the gesture.

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