The Federal Government has confirmed that it has received donated safety and test kits for Coronavirus from the Jack Ma Foundation in China.
The Minster of Information, Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja.
The Chinese billionaire had donated millions of kits to African countries to combat coronavirus on the continent.
Mohammed said Nigeria got 100,000 face masks, 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and 20,000 test kits.
He said the face masks and the PPE will be distributed to the front-line health workers while the test kits will be shared among the five test laboratories in the country.
He added that government was taking measures to increase the number of bed spaces for isolation of suspects, noting other facilities within the Federal Capital Territory are being considered.
Disclosing that government has 4,370 contacts to trace, the minster urged those who have had contact with suspected cases of the virus to report to the authorities, warning that Nigeria was on the verge of community spread if not checked.
“We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are tracing. We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to immediately report to the authorities. We urge Nigerians to support the authorities in this regard. We are on the verge of reaching the level of community spread. We must stop this immediately or we will record exponential cases in the days ahead. There is no better way to say this.”
“Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the stipulated directives to keep people safe. Some Nigerians who flew into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the need arises. Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the directives to ensure social distancing. The government is doing its best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement,” he said.