- The federal government has approved the sum of N8.49 billion for the purchase of 12 assorted items for the NCDC
- The approval was given by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the presidential villa in Abuja
- The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire had reportedly presented the memo for the procurement of the items on behalf of the NCDC
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The federal government has approved the sum of N8.49 billion for the purchase of 12 assorted items in various quantities to enable the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to conduct COVID-19 testing.
The approval was made by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, August 12, The Nation reported.
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire had reportedly presented the memo for the procurement of the items on behalf of the center at the council chambers of the presidential villa in Abuja.
Meanwhile, the NCDC has assured Nigerians that it will ensure that citizens have access to COVID-19 vaccines when available.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of NCDC on Monday, August 3, told the press at a briefing in Abuja that the health agency is working closely with the global community to ensure the vaccines are available when ready, NAN reported.
The director-general said a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by the fourth quarter of 2020, going by what's happening in the global scientific community.
He pointed out that it is important for people to have access to a vaccine when it is developed, following the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government noted.
In another report, the federal government on Monday, August 10, said 85 local government areas (LGAs) in 20 states still remain with no testing done and no cases reported.
Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
According to the chairman of the COVID-19 task force, over time tests have been ramped up in Nigeria but more needs to be done in order to raise the quantum of test per million.
The SGF went on to note that though the numbers of confirmed cases coming out daily are low, it should not be misinterpreted to mean that Nigeria has overcome, as the country is yet to reach the peak of the pandemic.
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