Nigerian group pledges support for COVID-19 fight

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LAGOS, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's biggest food business and agro-allied group, Flour Mills Nigeria (FMN), will rapidly beef up the country's COVID-19 testing capability, a senior executive said on Friday.

In a statement sent to Xinhua in Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub, Boye Olusanya, the group chief operating officer, said the group, as an industrial investor in Nigeria's critical industries and a significant contributor to the country's quest to feed itself, has procured about 1.5 million U.S. dollars' worth of medical supplies for Nigeria which will rapidly beef up the Nigerian COVID-19 testing capability.

The medical supplies, to be delivered to the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to ramp up the testing capacity, are scheduled to arrive in the country before April 27, from countries including the United States, Canada, and China.

The group said the supplies include some 331,000 pieces of masks, coveralls, protective gloves, protective eye-wear, 35,000 laboratory-based testing capacities,and 75 ventilators.

He said the group is bringing its biggest strength to the table, using its global supply chain network to help the country defend itself against COVID-19.

"To reduce the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, FMN will continue to work with the Federal Government and related agencies to provide relief materials," said Olusanya. Enditem

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