Nigeria will spend N620m to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus – Minister of health
The minister of health has estimated that Nigeria will spend N620m to prevent the outbreak of the viral coronavirus in the country.
the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, appeared before the Senate Committee on health to brief the panel on what the ministry is doing to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus 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.
He 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.
The Coronavirus has moved beyond China into other countries, so far over 500 deaths has been registered with the youngest person with the virus just 30 hours old.