… Says About N1b Has Been Committed On Its Fight So Far
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has warned against spreading misinformation about Coronavirus in Nigeria so as to avoid unnecessary fear and panic.
The Minister, while giving this warning in Benin City yesterday assured that the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC will continue to provide prompt and reliable updates and initiate all measures required to protect the citizens of the country.
He said the Federal Government has committed about N1billion in fighting the course and had also gotten promises of cash donations from private individuals and organizations.
He said, “The Federal Government has earmarked about N1bn to this response and every amount that was requested by NCDC has been granted by the President with no delay at all. The money is available and is being used and utilised.
“We also have promises of donations from several of organizations, private sectors and we got a letter the other day that we can apply for the global funds that has been allocated to Nigeria for this response.”
The Minister, however, disclosed that the another case of the disease of the disease has been recorded in the country, making it to be two.
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Dr. Ehanire said the new case was the person who had a contact with the Italian man.
“On the 8 of March, scientists confirmed the presence of Coronavirus in one of the contacts with the Italian.
“It is my duty to announce a new case of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria and the newly confirmed case is an Ogun State contact of the index case but he has no significant clinical symptoms.
“It brings the number of cofirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria today to two.
“Since the beginning of the outbreak in China and its subsequent spread to other countries, one of the importance response strategies at the containment stage, has been to identify all contacts, ensure their strict isolation, and follow up the way you check for every syptom of the disease”, he added.
While disclosing that all contacts of the index case in Ogun and Lagos will remain in isolation and that testing will be carried out on those not yet tested including some in other states, Dr. Ehanire said his ministry and health ministries of Lagos and Ogun states are committed to doing the needful in controlling spread of the of the outbreak.