Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, discloses that the federal government will need the sum of N620m to prevent the outbreak of the viral coronavirus in Nigeria
The minister says his ministry has submitted a memo for the release of the sum of N620m to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus
Ehanire notes that the health ministry has already held a meeting to deploy port health services to screen all passengers coming into Nigeria
The federal government plans to spend about N620m to prevent the outbreak of the viral coronavirus in Nigeria.
Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health made the disclosure when he addressed the Senate committee on health about what the ministry was doing to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria, Allure Vanguard reports.
The minister said the ministry of health had already submitted a memo for the release of the sum of N620m to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ehanire noted the ministry has already held a meeting to deploy port health services to screen all passengers coming into Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district at the ninth Senate, Ifeanyi Ubah, has said the illegal exportation of facial masks to China from Nigeria is currently booming.
The Cable reports that Ubah said over 100 million face masks have been illegally exported to China since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease.
Speaking on Thursday, February 6, while moving a motion entitled “Urgent need to checkmate unpatriotic profiteering and illegal exportation of face masks to Asia”, the senator said the exportation of these masks have led to the hike in the price of the item.
Also stating that the item has become the most sort after commodity in Nigeria, Ubas said store that usually sells one piece of face mask for N10 now sell it at N80.
He also said that a pack consisting of 50 pieces has now been inflated from N500 to N3,000 – a carton consisting of 40 packs is now N120,000 from N20,000.
In another report, the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has said that despite global concern over the outbreak of coronavirus, the disease was not as deadly as the media has painted it.
Ihekweazu who stated this on Tuesday, February 4 while addressing members of the House of Representatives committee on health services, stated that Lassa fever was more deadly than the coronavirus.
The NCDC boss said their centres in Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi states were overstretched and filled to capacity, adding that at the moment, they have only five test centres across the country.
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