U.S. donates $1.3m hospital to Nigeria

The United States (U.S.) government has sponsored a field hospital worth $1.3 million in Nigeria, Checkout Magazine learnt.

The field hospital, which is located at the Federal Medical Centre in Jabi, Abuja, is in aid of Nigeria’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The hospital includes four fully equipped, negative pressure isolation facilities with the capacity to house up to 40 patients. It also includes an administrative unit, a 160-kw auxiliary generator, and other support equipment such as beds, subfloors, showers and lavatories.

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard alongside the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, presided over the inauguration of the mobile field hospital.

Ambassador Leonard noted that the $1.3 million (USD) field hospital is a testament to the continued partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria.

She said: “As we celebrate 60 years of U.S.-Nigeria diplomatic relations, and many years of health partnerships, it is deeply satisfying to look back on the many ways we have worked together to improve the health, safety and security of the Nigerian people.”

The facility was donated to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health by the United States Department of Defence’s U.S. Africa Command, with support from the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).

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