The Federal Government has received a cargo aircraft filled with commodities for prevention and testing for COVID- 19 (coronavirus), from Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma. Ma had promised to assist the African continent with commodities for tackling the spread of COVID-19 in the continent.
He kept his word when the Federal Ministry of Health was asked to send an aircraft to get the items from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdullahi Mashi, who received the items on behalf of the Federal Government, used the occasion to solicit the support of corporate organisations and individuals in Nigeria, in helping the government with resources to control the spread of COVID-19 from across the country. According to Mashi, over 100,000 face masks and 20,000 test kits were among the COVID-19 preventive commodities donated to Nigeria by Ma. The director, Port Health Services, Dr. Morenike Oko, who expressed gratitude to Ma, noted that the items would go a long way in containing further spread of COVID-19 in the country. Preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic remains adherence to coughing and sneezing etiquette, regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, social distancing among others.