- SGF Boss Mustapha said he never knew Nigeria's healthcare system was so bad until he was appointed to head the task force on COVID-19
- The SGF prayed that the COVID-19 spread Nigeria does not escalate, adding that the country lacked what is required to handle the situation
- Mustapha also said the cash donations for the pandemic will not be handled by the task force, noting that transparency and accountability are important in fighting the pandemic
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has expressed shock at the deplorable state of Nigeria's healthcare infrastructure
The Cable reports that the SGF said he never knew the country's healthcare system was in a very bad state until the coronavirus pandemic.
Legit.ng gathers that Mustapha said his role as the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 opened his eye to the current state of Nigeria’s healthcare infrastructure.
The SGF said this when the task force met with the leadership of the National Assembly in Abuja on Thursday, April 9, regarding the pandemic.
“I can tell you for sure, I never knew that our entire healthcare infrastructure was in the state in which it is until I was appointed to do this work,” Mustapha admitted.
He said if developed countries are overwhelmed and struggling to contain the coronavirus, “then Nigeria needs to improve its own”.
He continued: “My prayer is that Nigeria’s situation does not escalate to that extent because the country lacked what is required to handle the situation."
The SGF also spoke on the need for transparency and accountability in managing the health crisis.
According to him, the task force will not be directly involved in the disbursement of cash donations for COVID-19.
“The accountant-general of the federation has already published the account details for collection through some commercial banks and also provided the modalities for its utilisation,” he said.
“All the main COVID-19 accounts shall be domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). However, all non-cash donations shall be duly received by the PTF, acknowledged, documented and appropriately deployed.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba, Delta state had withdrawn their services indefinitely.
The doctors made the move over alleged harassment by security operatives enforcing lockdown directive.
The lockdown order was issued by the state government as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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