The United States government has explained the impact of its health missions in Nigeria, which it claimed has benefited more than 60 million Nigerians across all walks of life and across all geopolitical zones.
In particular, the world’s most powerful state has announced that it has contributed more than $ 73 million in equipment and technical assistance since the outbreak of COVID-19, a highly infectious viral disease that has killed over 2,063 people in Nigeria.
The US Secretary of State, Mr. Antony J. Blinken, and the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Beth Leonard, worked these numbers out during a virtual health partnership meeting between the US and Nigeria on April 27th. Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib; The meeting was attended by the Chief Medical Officer of the Federal Medical Center in Abuja, Prof. Saad Ahmed, and the Head of the Department of Internal Medicine of the Abuja FMC, Dr. Jane Chukwu, part.
At the outset, Blinken noted that the US-Nigeria relationship “covered a myriad of issues that are of vital importance to both Americans and Nigerians. A key issue we’ve been working on for years is health . “
Together, Blinken revealed that the U.S. had reached more than 60 million Nigerians through programs that train public health workers, invest in medical facilities, and improve access to drugs, vaccines, and reproductive health care.
He also announced that more than 1.3 million people living with HIV / AIDS are receiving life-saving treatment under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as part of the US Program to Fight HIV / AIDS Worldwide.
He pointed to a remarkable achievement which he believes will be rapidly approaching an epidemic in Nigeria – disease control – over the next two years, reducing the child mortality rate from malaria to 16%.
In 2020, the Secretary of State noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) had officially declared Nigeria wild poliovirus-free, an outstanding achievement by tireless front-line workers that the United States was proud to have supported through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
He said: “Now of course we are facing another health crisis together. COVID-19 will not end for any country until it ends for all countries. It will continue to replicate worldwide and transform itself into new variants.”
“People keep getting sick and dying. We won’t be able to safely reopen our economies or travel the world for business and tourism like we did before. That’s why the US is advocating that End pandemic in Nigeria and everywhere. ” “Noticed Blinken at the meeting.
He also noted that the US “contributed $ 2 billion to COVAX, the global Covid vaccine initiative. We have pledged an additional two billion through 2022 as other countries raise their ambitions. I am delighted that COVID- 19 vaccines provided by COVAX have arrived in Nigeria. “
He revealed that dozens of people from the United States had worked with local and national partners in Nigeria to respond to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
He said: “We have worked together on epidemiology, outbreak response, laboratory operations, data analysis and vaccine use.
“It is a continuation of our $ 5 billion investment in our decades-long public health partnership. It is testament to the strong and respectful relationship we have built over the years between the Nigerian and American people. When crises arise, we are there for one another.
“In the months and years ahead, our ability to work together and improve the health of all Nigerians will be vital. Therefore, today’s conversation is important. I want to convey to all of you how grateful and proud the United States is of our partnership in health with Nigeria, “he explained.
At the meeting, Leonard admitted that the partnership had benefited enormously from the federal government-US health partnership, noting that US health aid “saves lives every day.”
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“COVID-19 posed new challenges and the US responded, providing more than $ 73 million in equipment and technical assistance since the pandemic began,” said the US ambassador.
Shuaib, CEO of NPHCDA, commended the US for its health missions, noting that Nigeria received approximately four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – the AstraZeneca vaccines, 1.4 million of which had been vaccinated.
He said: “We are very aware that we know that many other countries have not yet done so when Nigeria received four million doses as a result of the cooperation through the COVAX facility, which would not have been possible without the support of the US government would.” accessed the vaccine.
“For this reason, the partnership between the USA and many other governments under the COVAX platform is very, very important if we are to end this pandemic. As a result of the cooperation with the USA, we have been able to form a picture.” a hybrid solution for the introduction of COVID-19. “