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Politics Contrary to Reports, FG Didn't Release N1.9 Bn for Ebola, But for New Cars - Health Minister


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On the 8th of August, 20124, a statement by the President through Reuben Abati read, "“President Jonathan also approved a Special Intervention Plan and the immediate release of N1. 9 billion for its implementation, to further strengthen on-going steps to contain the virus such as the establishment of additional isolation centres, case management, contact tracing, deployment of additional personnel, screening at borders, and the procurement of required items and facilities.

“The President commends the vigilance of aviation and health authorities in Lagos who identified and isolated the index case in Nigeria, the late Patrick Sawyer, an American-Liberian who flew into the country."

The health minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has however stated that the N1.9 bn is for other uses:

“The N1.9billion approved by the president was for the federal ministry of health. It is not for Ebola fund. It will be used to procure more vehicles for working which have been ordered. It would be used to procure more drugs that have been ordered…and other items. “In the case of Lagos state, after the president met commissioners of health, the president then asked the minister of health to discuss with the technical people and money has been approved for Lagos state."

He however noted that the world as a whole was in danger, but the ministry of health was prepared.

Source: #Today
 

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