…As Trump sets to issue executive order, to ease food supply distribution***
U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to assist Nigeria with ventilators to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic in the African country.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of information, Culture and Tourism, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mohammed revealed that President Trump made the pledge during a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“President Buhari had a phone conversation with President Trump at his request which centred on COVID-19 pandemic and how Buhari was handling the virus,” the minister said.
Mohammed said that Buhari in his response to Trump explained the step and measures the Nigerian government has been taking to contain the spread of the virus.
The minister revealed that President Trump assured that the USA stood in solidarity with Nigeria while promising that the government of America would send ventilators to Nigeria in order to fight the COVID-19.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is currently battling with shortage of ventilators to support COVID-19 patients across the country.
The promise by the U.S. president would further help in strengthening the fight against Coronavirus in the country.
In another development, the U.S. President, Donald Trump is to issue an executive order aimed at smoothing problems in food supply distribution after an outbreak of coronavirus at meat processing plants.
The problem appears to be centred around Tyson, a major U.S. company, which has seen outbreaks at its plants.
Trump told reporters at the White House that the company was facing “unique” circumstances, but stressed that shortages were not because of a lack of food.
“There is plenty of supply – it’s distribution,” Trump said about the problem, saying the executive order would aim to solve liability issues.
There are other issues besides the outbreaks at Tyson plants. The breakdown of distribution networks, coupled with labour issues, has led to fresh produce rotting and dairy farmers dumping milk.
John Tyson, the chairman of Tyson Foods, warned over the weekend his supply chains were breaking.
The problems in distribution come as unemployment has ticked sharply upwards since March and people who once held jobs are forced into long queues for food at charity centres.
Aerial footage of cars backed up as people wait for their turn to get a basket of food handouts have gone viral.