Nigeria on Thursday said it has received a donation of 7 tons of hydroxychloroquine from India for the treatment of persons infected with the coronavirus.
Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, stated this at the mational briefing of the PTF on Thursday in Abuja
Mustapha said the PTF commended friendly nations and corporate organisations for their continuing support, thanking “India for the donation of 7-tons of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of patients”.
“Similarly, we want to express our appreciation to the WEBB FONTAINE foundation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the MTN for the donation of 35 Oxygen Concentrators, one ambulance and 500 phones, respectively. We wish to assure you that the resources will be judiciously utilised,” he said.
This is just as Federal Government said it has given states N100m to enhance high impact priority response activities.
Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, who disclosed this at the briefing, stated that Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigerian Center for Disease Control now has a total of 59 molecular diagnostic laboratories for COVID-19 test activated.
He disclosed that with a little improvement in logistics, lack of availability of testing capacity should not be a tenable excuse any more.
Ehanire said the yet to be reactivated BHCPF will join the funding pool.
“I am pleased to mention that all states of the federation, including the FCT are receiving support from the COVID-19 response through the Regional Diseases Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project. With this support, all States of the Federation will receive NGN100 million to enhance high impact priority response activities. The soon to be reactivated BHCPF will join the funding pool,” Ehanire said.