UN receives €1.2m from EU for COVID-19 response in Nigeria

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The United Nations (UN) has received a support of 1.2 million euros from the European Union for the provision of lifesaving response activities for COVID-19 in Nigeria.

This is as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise along with concerns on the need to drastically scale-up public health response.

The humanitarian funding received is expected to further United Nation’s activities in Nigeria, by engaging with communities on how to best protect themselves from the virus and providing essential health supplies where they are needed most.

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, said the donation will support the government’s efforts to ensure that healthcare workers continue to do the critical work they are already doing.

“In these trying times, the European Union is maintaining its humanitarian support to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria, where we have funded close to €271.5 million (116 billion NGN) in emergency food aid, shelter, access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and basic primary healthcare since 2014,” said Thomas Conan, Head of the EU’s Humanitarian Aid Office in Nigeria.

With EU funding, UNICEF will be contributing to the efforts underway in the country to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its effects.

It will help with the emergency response to identified cases, as well as prevention and preparedness measures for possible future outbreaks in crowded cities and camps for internally displaced people in Nigeria’s north-east region.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and global health bodies have continued to advice physical distancing, regular washing of hands and staying at home as a sure means of halting the progress of the coronavirus.

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