Medical Supplies Being Delivered by Ethiopian Airlines at Lagos Airport Tuesday, March 24. Photo: Daily Trust

Coronavirus: Medical supply donations arrive Nigeria

* Supplies include facemasks, face shields, testing kits, protective suits

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect
Amid the Nigerian Government and people’s continued efforts at curtailing the further spread of COVID-19 in the country, medical supplies from Jack Ma Foundation have reached Lagos.

Daily Trust reports that an Ethiopian Airlines Freighter Tuesday, March 24, 2020, landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, to deliver medical supplies.

It was learnt that such donated medical supplies include facemasks, face shields, testing kits, and protective suits among others from the Jack Ma Foundation.

The flight was said to have touched down at the Lagos Airport at 3:20p.m, hours after the Nigerian Government closed the international airports in the country.

Recall that earlier, the government had given exemption to flights on humanitarian aids, medical and relief flights.

Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), had listed the various exemptions to include “aircraft in state of emergency; overflights; and alternate aerodromes identified in the flight plan (including those being used for extended diversion time operations).

Others are technical stop where passengers do not disembark, cargo flights, and other safety-related operations.

“All these exemptions are with the express permission of the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika,” Captain Nuhu stated.

Thus, Ethiopian Airlines delivered the medical supplies and equipment such as masks, sanitisers which certainly help in the global fight against the Coronavirus.

Report further revealed that the medical items were donated to Africa by the Jack Ma Foundation owned by Jack Ma, a Chinese Business mogul.

ConsumerConnect learnt that with the support of Ali Baba, an e-commerce giant, each of the 54 African countries would get 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.

“We appreciate the donation of the Jack Ma Foundation and the generosity of Mr. Jack Ma.
“We admire our Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed for his initiative and organisation of the entire coordination of the process,” Firihiewot Mekonnen, ET General Manager in Nigeria, said.

She added that “as an indigenous and pioneer Pan African airline, Ethiopian Airlines has stood together with Africans at all times for the last seven decades.

“Ethiopia has supported Africans in good and challenging times. In this unprecedented global pandemic, Ethiopian Airlines will continue its commitment for African people to help them fight and win this invisible enemy.

“Today, we are very happy to deliver these medical supplies to the Government and people of Nigeria.”

“Ethiopian Airlines has always stood by Nigeria in times of good and bad,” Mekonnen said.

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