COVID-19 Treatment: FG Disburses N6.45Bn for Oxygen Plants.
The federal government ably led by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N6.45 billion for the setting up of gas plants in 38 locations nationwide in a bid to enhance the treatment of Covid-19 patients who need oxygen.
This was disclosed at the first National Economic Council, NEC, meeting led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with State Governors, Federal Capital Territory Minister, Central Bank Governor and other senior government officials in attendance.
While briefing the NEC on the release of the funds, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed said the President approved the release of the funds for the production of oxygen, necessitated by the increased number of patients who need oxygen due to the surge in Covid-19 infections in the country.
The Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire, similarly at the meeting, informed the Council that sequel to President Buhari’s decision to activate the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund based on the National Health Act, N55.1billion was approved in 2018 and that 50 per cent of the sum has since been released to the states and the FCT.
However, the Federal Government has also allocated N35billion for 2021 for the Fund.