Above: Riders for health sample courier in Nigeria, wearing full protective clothing/PPE during coronavirus outbreak.
Since the 21st of May we have been working with the National Integrated Specimen Referral Network to transport COVID-19 samples from seven health facilities in Kano State, northern Nigeria to laboratories.
As of mid-July our two couriers have transported 316 samples from remote villages to laboratories, allowing individuals to access care and communities to know whether the virus has reached their area and respond appropriately.
Due to a lack of resources in Nigeria, many health workers have had to work without the correct protective clothing needed to protect themselves from this extremely transmittable disease.
Thankfully at Riders we are able to provide our couriers with necessary personal protective equipment and have trained them to adhere to recommended infection prevention and control measures.