FG Releases N200 Million To Lagos For Ebola Fight

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of N200 million to the Lagos State Government to assist it in containing the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

This is coming on the heels of the donation of 30 body scanners by the US government to the Nigerian government to check body temperatures at the country’s various ports of entry.

Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu who disclosed this at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday, said government was considering technical opinions on whether or not some scheduled ceremonies like the Osun-Osogbo Festival and the national conference of the Nigerian Bar Associations would hold or not.

“Mr. President has approved the release of N200 million to Lagos State as FG’s direct support for Lagos State’s efforts to fight Ebola virus.

“Mr Atedo Peterside through his Foundation donated N100,000 per bed per day to affected private hospitals. The first beneficiary is First Consultant Hospital, Lagos where the index case was managed. The hospital has 40 beds and so will receive N4 million from that foundation.

“This is to aid the hospital to continue to pay its staff who have all been asked to stay home and the hospital closed as a result of the confirmed case of Ebola virus. The hospital will have to be decontaminated. All staff in the hospital who were around during the first index case are all under survillence and so are not working,” he said.

Further, Chukwu said that “as at today, Nigeria has had a total of 12 cases of Ebola which include the index case, the Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, 11 Nigerians who were primary contacts with the one index case.

“Of this 12, the total number of successful cases who have been discharged stands at five but the total number of deaths including the index case stands at five dead,” he said.

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