Despite the fact that there are no confirmed cases of the global epidemic of Coronavirus, the Nigerian Government has reportedly released the whooping sum of about N386 million, in two batches, to two health outfits to combat the disease.
Bittertruth Media gathered that while the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) got N315 million directly, the Port Health Services division of the Federal Ministry of Health received N71million.
The release was confirmed by Abdulaziz Mashi Abdulaziz, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).
He said: “While the first batch of N71 million was released at the end of January to facilitate activities of the Port Health Services department of the ministry, the second was released after the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the government had budgeted N620 million to curtail the virus from entering Nigeria when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Health.
“It is true that intervention was sought from the Presidency and the Ministry of Finance and Budget Planning.
“Because of the level of the emergency, I can confirm to you that N71million was released to the Port Health Services division of the (health) ministry.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was also given N315 million directly. Other requests are in the pipeline and yet to be released.”
Bittertruth Media recalls that the disease now officially known as COVID-19, broke out at a seafood market in Wuhan that reportedly sold exotic animals for consumption.