The Federal government Tuesday, March 31, said more than 11 million Nigerians would be given palliatives in order to cushion the harsh effects of the measures set to fight back outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, while reacting to questions at the daily media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, said the government will also continue to increase capacity to test for cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on weekly basis.
Giving details on how the government plans to go about reaching out to Nigerians with the palliatives, the Minister said the government already had a social-register with details of those considered as the vulnerable in society in 35 states of the federation, adding that these people belong to around 2.6 million households across the country.
According to NATION, she disclosed that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Northeast part of the country already received two months rations of relief materials.
Also speaking, the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chike Ihekweazu, said Nigeria would continue to develop capacity to test for COVID-19.
The DG disclosed that the country now has the capacity to test up to 1,000 this week, it hopes to be able to test as many as 1,500 next week.