The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that the sum of N620m is needed to prevent coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known when he appeared before the Senate Committee on health to brief the panel on what the ministry is doing to prevent coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria. Enahire said the ministry submitted a memo proposing for the release of the sum of N620m to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Minister for Health added that the ministry had a multi-stakeholder meeting to deploy port health services to screen all passengers coming into Nigeria. Meanwhile, the Senate expressed concerns over the fact that screenings aren’t taking place in the Chattered flight passengers wing of the local flights that arrived at the airports.
The senators said such oversight could lead to the virus being imported into Nigeria. As a result, the Senate ordered Ehanire to deploy health officials to the private tarmac and conduct screening of VIPs on chartered flights.