As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to battle the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nigerian Air Force has commenced the distribution of oxygen produced at its Liquid Oxygen Plant to coronavirus isolation centres in the country.
The Air Force, assuring of its resolve to support the Federal Government efforts, also said that it has started sharing the oxygen at selected hospitals as part of response to end the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
A Nigerian Air Force Defence Attaché, AVM OA Adesanya, expressing joy over the development on Monday, tweeted:
I’m glad to note that the Nigerian Air Force has started distributing the oxygen being produced at its Liquid Oxygen Plant to isolation centres and designated hospitals across the country in support of the national response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Oxygen therapy, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO, is the major treatment intervention for patients with severe COVID-19.
The Organisation, however, advised all countries with COVID-19 cases to “work to optimise the availability of pulse oximeters and medical oxygen systems.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, said, as of Sunday night, 85 patients have been discharged from amongst the over 300 confirmed cases in Nigeria, with 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, being among places that have recorded cases.
Recall that Nigeria was among the beneficiaries of the ventilators and other materials that were donated by Chinese businessman and founder of Ali Express, Jack Ma, recently.
The items, received and inspected at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on March 25, 2020, includes 100,000 Masks; 9,999 Face Shield; 20,000 Test Kits and 1000 Personal Protective Equipment (Groves).
This came at a time when the country was in dire need of the items which would force the Federal Government to approach the owner of Tesla, Elon Musk, to donate some ventilators to the country after the American auto dealer announced that his company was giving out ventilators to countries that needed them.