UN Secretary General hails Nigeria’s response to COVID-19


Nigeria’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)pandemic has caught the attention of United Nations Secretary-General António Gutierrez, who described it as remarkable.

Speaking during a virtual news briefing in New York on Friday, Mr Guterres singled out Nigeria as one of few developing countries that have shown a remarkable capacity to respond.

“I have to say that some of these developing countries have shown remarkable capacity to respond.

“I was quite impressed to see, for instance, Nigeria putting in place immediately in a stadium and a hospital.

“And I saw difficulties in countries that are much more developed to do quickly the same.

“So, there are efforts done by countries in the developing world that we should point to because they represent a very strong determination.

“But the resources available are, of course, insufficient, and the health services are usually extremely out of proportion with the needs of a pandemic like this,” Mr Guterres said.

The UN Chief spoke in response to a question that sought his opinion on early confinement measures by some countries with fragile health systems to check the spread of the virus.

He was referring to the conversion of the Mobolaji Olufunsho Johnson Stadium in Onikan, Lagos, by the state government to a 101-bed isolation centre for patients.

As of 11 a.m. on Thursday, there were 190 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, with Lagos accounting for 98 cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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