According to reports, Nigeria’s share of the coronavirus kits donated by Jack Ma Foundation, founder of the Asian giant e-commerce website Alibaba has arrived the Lagos International Airport and ready for immediate use and distribution.
The testing kits with other medical supplies to help mitigate the battle against the ravaging #COVID-19 was donated Ali Baba Foundation to African Union Member States, it arrived in the country on Tuesday afternoon.
The donations were brought into the cargo area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane. Although closed to international flights, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority allows emergency flights such as this at the MMIA.
The Government of Ethiopia on Monday received a consignment of medical equipment from the foundations. The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons of infection prevention and control commodities. This relief initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed; the Jack Ma Foundation; and Alibaba Foundation as part of actions towards implementation of the Africa joint continental strategy for COVID-19 led by the African Union through its Africa Center for Disease Control.
Each AU member state is expected to get equipment consisting of 20 ,000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100,000 medical masks, and 1000 protective suits and face shields to the fight against COVID-19.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there are 42 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control while it is expected that more cases will be confirmed with the aid of the testing kits and other supplies which will in turn help to reduce the spread and curtail the virus.