The Federal Government of Nigeria has set aside the sum of 620 million Naira to monitor, detect and contain the deadly Coronavirus within the country.
The outbreak of Coronavirus which started in Wuhan, China, has spread to over 15 countries in Asia, Europe and North America. It has killed over 565 people and infected over 28,275 people mostly in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
Luckily for Africa, the outbreak has not been confirmed in any part of the continent but the fear of the outbreak has put almost all the countries in Africa on their toes including Nigeria.
So, to be sure that Nigeria’s ministry of health is proactive enough in the fight against the outbreak in Nigeria, the county’s Senate Committee on health summoned the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, to brief the panel on the preparedness of the health ministry to manage the outbreak.
The health minister told the panel that the ministry has submitted a memo proposing for the release of the sum of N620m to take proactive measures to combat the Coronavirus.
According to the health minister, Nigeria is prepared to maintain its health security which could disrupt economic stability if left unchecked.
Besides the proposed 620 million Naira budgeted for the prevention of the outbreak in Nigeria, the health minister disclosed to the senate committee that the Federal Government had already disbursed 71 million Naira for the operations of the port health services.
Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) issued a statement in January stating that the centre was working closely with the World Health Organization to monitor the spread of the disease.
According to the statement, the Federal Ministry of Health had been placed on red alert and had increased screening measures at the nation’s points of entry. But the measures didn’t cover the private tarmac.
Hence, to further ensure that the country is saved from the outbreak of the disease, Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, directed the health ministry to also deploy health officials to the private tarmac and conduct screening of VIPs on all chartered flights.