• Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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Concerns as medical donations go to Abuja despite high Coronavirus cases in Lagos


Concerns have been raised over the decision of the Federal Government to transport medical supplies donated by Jack Ma Foundation from Lagos airport to Abuja, given that Lagos has recorded more cases of COVID-19 than Abuja.

The Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 30 cases of Coronavirus so far in Lagos while Abuja has eight cases.

On Tuesday, an Ethiopian Airlines Freighter delivered the Medical Supplies from the Jack Ma Foundation to Lagos, and on Wednesday the Nigerian Air Force airlifted the Jack Ma Supplies to Abuja.

An aviation consultant who craved anonymity said he didn’t understand the reasons why medical supplies for Nigeria would be taken to Abuja.

He therefore called on the authorities to explain how the supplies would be distributed for transparency sake.

BusinessDay’s checks showed that on 22nd March, 2020, an Ethiopian Airlines cargo flight loaded with a large consignment of medical supplies donated to Africa from the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation departed from Guangzhou, China and landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The flight carried 5.4 million face masks, kits for 1.08 million detection tests, 40,000 sets of protective clothing and 60,000 sets of protective face shields.

The supplies will be transported on and distributed throughout the rest of the continent.

The remaining shipments of medical supplies are expected to reach Addis Ababa and be distributed to more African nations over the next few weeks.