Aisha Buhari distributes items to support COVID-19 fight
By Nasiru Muhammad
The fight to end COVID-19 in the country has received a boost through the ‘Get Involved Initiative’ of Aisha Buhari Foundation (ABF) as various items were distributed to three state-level COVID-19 Response Committees. They are FCT, Bauchi and Gombe States.
Representative of the First Lady at the event, Dr. Hajo Sani, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, said Mrs. Buhari has shown deep concern over the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease across the country and has activated the initiative in order to gather donations to support the fight.
She expressed appreciation to those who donated, saying the nation would benefit from their donations.
Mrs. Buhari called on the people of the nation to stay safe and practice social distancing in order to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.
She called on the benefitting states to put the items to good use.
Speaking on the items distributed, Dr. Kamal Abdurrahman Muhammad, National Coordinator Aisha Buhari Foundation and Future Assured Programme, said they included cartons of assorted hand sanitizers, pharmaceutical drugs, personal protection equipment, including disposable gowns, overalls, disposable and 95 surgical masks, gloves, protective goggles, regular and ICU beds with beddings and automatic dispensers.
Director of Special Duties, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, and member, FCT Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, Dr. Mathew Ashikeni represented the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory at the event.
He expressed appreciation for the donated items which he said would go a long way in supporting the fight against COVID-19.
He promised that the items would be put to judicious use, calling on well-to-do Nigerians to support the effort of government in controlling the spread of the disease.
The initiative was one of the many platforms initiated by the First Lady to generate donations from individuals and corporate organisations to address pervasive health problems and was last activated to address the issue of nutrition among the nation’s IDPs, a statement by Aliyu Abdullahi, the Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the First Lady has revealed.