COVID-19: Donald Trump confirms USA is sending 250 Ventilators to Nigeria, others

US President Donald Trump has confirmed that his country will be sending 250 ventilators to Nigeria among other countries, to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump said this during a press briefing at the Oval Office in the White House on Wednesday.

In response to a question about being surrounded by persons not using face masks nor observing social distancing, President Trump said, “I am signing a bill and you criticise us. Here’s the story: There is nothing I can do to satisfy the media, the democrats or the fake news, and I understand that. We did the greatest job mobilisation with the ventilators, and I don’t think there’s a story on what a great job we did.

Ventilators made in USA ready to be shipped to Nigeria and other countries - Trump
Ventilators are seen in a climate room of Hamilton Medical AG a plant in Domat/Ems, Switzerland March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

“Now we are helping Germany and we are helping many other countries – France, Spain, Italy and Nigeria. We are sending 250 ventilators to Nigeria.”

Recall that in April, Nigeria’s Minister of Information Lai Mohammed announced that President Trump, while speaking in a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari, would be donating a number of ventilators to Nigeria to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A ventilator is a machine that assists a person to breathe; it is indispensable for the treatment of critical cases of COVID-19.

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