The federal government of Nigeria has today responded to a tweet sent out by the tech billionaire and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk.
In his tweet on Thursday, Mr Musk promised to deliver FDA approved ventilators to countries that really need them free of charge.
“We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. The only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know.”
The Nigerian government quickly jumped on the offer asking the tech mogul to support the nation’s fight against the rising cases of the COVID19 with 100-500 ventilators.
The tweet from the official handle of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning reads thus; “Dear @Elonmusk @Tesla Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100 to 500 ventilators to assist with Covid19 cases rising every day in Nigeria.”
The Nigerian Medical Association has earlier reported that about 500 ventilators are in use nationwide. A report that has since been debunked by the Federal Ministry of Health.
Many have expressed disappointment on the matter on social media calling out the Nigerian government for its poor handling of the crisis with some calling the federal government Bambiala, a term generally used to describe beggars, particularly from the northern part of the country, is trading now all over social media.
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Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News