COVID-19: Most countries we think will help us also facing challenges, says FG

The federal government has revealed some countries it hopes would assist Nigeria in combating the coronavirus pandemic are also grappling with challenges.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this known during a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to him, Nigeria requires strong partnership with other countries to enable it meet up with the required facilities needed to fight the novel disease.

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The minister said: “We are in touch with foreign countries and learning from them … we are also engaging countries on some equipment that we don’t have.

“As you know we are very short on ventilators. So we have engaged a lot of countries and we hoping to source some.

“But of course a lot of countries we are looking unto for assistance are also facing huge challenges themselves but nevertheless are cooperating with us.

  “We also saw some situations where some countries also helped us in facilitating airlift to bring back some Nigerian resources to come and help in this fight.”

The country presently has 151 confirmed cases of the killer virus according to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as at the time of filling this report.

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