United States Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard on Thursday joined by the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Nasiru Gawuna to commission the United States government supported emergency operation centers in the respective states to coordinate the states COVID response and other disease outbreaks.
Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard said the United States stands together with all of Nigeria in fighting COVID. “To date, we have dedicated more than $237 million to the COVID response in Africa, with $54.8 million supporting these efforts in Nigeria alone,” She said
Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo said the centers provide facilities that will help us to respond to the needs of our citizens without stressing them with the protocol and delay processes. “What we are doing today is to provide facilities that will help us to respond to the needs of our citizens without stressing them with the protocol and delay processes of getting real time information and response in case of emergency and other health related challenges,” Ewhrudjakpo said.
In his reaction, the Kano State Deputy Governor Nasiru Yusuf- Gawuna said “The USAID supported EOC in Kano state is now capable of generating, analyzing, and visualizing data and information on covid19. This center will serve not only COVID-19 cases but also other public health emergencies in the state”