- There are reasons to believe that the federal government is waking up to the reality of the emergence of coronavirus in Nigeria
- To curb the spread of the global epidemic, the government has unveiled locally-made hand sanitisers to improve hygiene among Nigerians
- The product was launched on Friday, March 6, by the National Institute for Pharmaceuticals Research and Development (NIPRD)
The federal government on Friday, March 6, revealed its latest move to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.
Obi Adigwe, the director-general of the National Institute for Pharmaceuticals Research and Development (NIPRD) at a press briefing in Abuja launched locally-made hand sanitizers to maintain hygiene among Nigerians, Channels TV reports.
Adigwe said that the move with is aimed at tackling the shortage of such product, a situation which, according to him, is prevalent in the global space.
The NIPRD boss said: “One of the global fall-outs of the recent outbreak has been the supply chain disruptions of various commodities that are relevant to controlling the outbreak.
“These disruptions have either been through panic buying or genuine shortages and this has been global; Nigeria has not been left out in this."
He went on to say that the novel development is a thing of national pride and born out of the spirit of patriotism.
The Nations on its part reports that according to Adigwe, certain factors peculiar to the Nigerian environment were considered in the manufacturing of the product.
He added that the agency has also established a database that captures other firms which have been licensed to come up with similar products across the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, had cried out that in all of the north-central part of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), there was no functional isolation centre where anyone infected with coronavirus can be kept.
Lawan made this revelation during an inspection visit at the temporary isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada on Wednesday, March 4.
Moreover, he lamented that the budgeted N620 million for building the centre was yet to be released by the Ministry of Finance, describing the situation as unacceptable.
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