The Federal Ministry of Health has received some burial items donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to support the work of the National Burial Team for COVID-19 fatalities.
Mr Olujimi Oyetomi, Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), who stated this in a statement he issued on Thursday in Abuja, added that Abdullahi Abdulaziz, permanent secretary in the ministry, received the items on behalf of the federal government, during which he thanked the ICRC for the support.
Abdullaziz, in company of some officials of the Epidemiology Department, took delivery of the items on Dec. 9, at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja from Bruno Raymond and Damilola Fagbohun, on behalf of the ICRC, the statement said.
They included, 100 pieces of Body Bags (Infectious Disease) 25 pieces of Plastic Goggles; 1,000 pieces of Nitrite examination Gloves; 25 pieces of Gloves Protection (Heavy Duty) and 25 pairs of Boots (Heavy Duty).
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Others were, 1,500 pieces of Surgical, single use Mask; 100 pieces of water proof protection Gowns; 100 pieces of Body Cards (Unique Code Number);100 pieces of Tie wraps; 100 pieces of Aprons and 150 pieces of Management of the Dead After Disasters Booklet.
Abdullaziz described the donation as coming at the right time “considering the current spike in COVID-19 in the country”, saying that the items would be used in case management.
In an accompanying notification, sent through Raymond, the ICRC reiterated its readiness to further collaborate and cooperate with the ministry, on all issues related to the management of the dead.
It also offered further assistance by the ICRC Forensic Specialist for Nigeria, Juan Rodriguez, as well as the Forensic Programme Assistant, Damilola Esther Fagbohun, when required.
According to the statement, the donation was a follow-up to the Training of Trainers (ToT), jointly organised by the FMoH and ICRC in July, on the Management of Deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other highly viral hemorrhagic fevers.
The ICRC had pledged, at the training, to donate some items to facilitate the work of the National Burial Team of the Department of Public Health in the ministry.