By G9ija

The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority has handed over 126 units of patient monitors and 63 units of oxygen concentrators to 21 healthcare institutions across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

NSIA said the move was part of its COVID-19 relief programme as the country battles the second wave of the pandemic.

Speaking at the virtual handing over ceremony, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively impacted on the global community disrupting well established healthcare systems.

Mustapha, who is also Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria, the Federal Government had taken stringent measures to combat the spread of the virus.

He, however, noted that despite the measures, the lack of compliance with non-pharmaceutical measures had compelled the government to issue the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection Regulation of 2021, which was signed by President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on January 26, 2021.

He added, “We know that our nation is at war with this pervasive enemy and we will ensure that the virus won’t spread further.

“We are happy that the NSIA has assisted in providing these facilities and this equipment is a welcome development. It could not have come at a better time.” The Managing Director, NSIA, Uche Orji, said the healthcare sector was a key focus for the authority.

He said with the provision of the facilities, the NSIA had been able to boost the ability of the government to effectively tackle the pandemic.