Nigeria to prevent Coronavirus outbreak with N620million – Minister

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that it will cost the nation N620milion special intervention fund to monitor, detect and contain the deadly Coronavirus.

This was made known by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, who appeared before the Senate Committee on health, The Punch reports.

Nigeria to prevent Coronavirus outbreak with N620million – Minister

He briefed the Senate panel on the level of his ministry’s preparedness to manage the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

He said the fund would come directly from the service-wide vote.

His appearance was sequel to a resolution of the red chamber based on a motion by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, on the need to summon the minister over the issue.

Enahire said the ministry, on Thursday, submitted a memo proposing for the release of the sum of N620m to take proactive measures to contain the virus.

He said Nigeria was prepared to ensure its health security which could disrupt economic stability if left unchecked.

The Minister was in the Senate in company with the Director, Port Health Services, Dr. Morenike Alex-Okoh, and the Director-General National Centre for Disease Control.
Enahire said already, N71m was released to the port health services for its operations.

Ehanire said the ministry had a multi-stakeholder meeting to deploy port health services there to screen all passengers.

He said the national intervention on containing the Lassa fever outbreak enjoyed timely release of N313m intervention fund from the Federal Government to manage the outbreak.

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