U.S. donates field hospital in continuous partnership with Nigeria
The United States government has donated a field hospital to the Federal Ministry of Health in Jabi, Abuja towards its contribution against the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
In celebration of 60 years of health partnership in Nigeria, the $1.3 million project serves as a link between the U.S. and Nigeria to improve the health; safety and security of the citizens and to safely isolate and treat confirmed cases of the virus.
The field hospital was built by the United States Department of Defence in support of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and manufactured by Alaska Structures.
The facility has its administrative unit, fully equipped with a 160-kw auxiliary generator, four negative-pressure isolation facilities and other supporting equipment such as beds, subfloors, showers and lavatories with the capacity to occupy 40 patients.
In addition, 200 ventilators, epidemiological COVID detection surveys, technical assistance. Also, service plans donated with more than $488 million equipment to train and educate African countries to fight COVID-19. A team has been set up to strategize, plan and effectively implement treatment of citizens.
“As we celebrate 60 years of U.S., 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.” U.S. Ambassador, Mary Leonard says.
According to her, supporting the healthcare workers who are caring for patients in the isolation facilities across the country which is critical to Nigeria’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
However, Ambassador Leonard and Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora joined the commissioning, hosted by 60 members of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), USAID, and the U.S. Department of Defence’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).