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FG Donates N200m to Lagos To Combat Ebola

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As part of the efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola virus, the Federal Government of Nigeria, on Wednesday approved the sum of N200m  to the Lagos State government to enable it fight the spread of the deadly disease.

Prof Onyeabuchi Chukwu, the Minister of Health, disclosed this when he joined Minister for Information, Labaran Maku to brief the State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over President Goodluck Jonathan.

The minister gave an assurance that the country has been able to control the spread of the deadly virus. He said that only two only two persons were living with the virus as at the time of filing the report.

"Mr. President has approved the release of N200 million to the Lagos State government as Federal Government's direct support of the state's efforts in combating the outbreak of the Ebola (virus) disease".

The minister added that the U.S government would be donating to Nigeria, thirty body scanners for measuring temperature at airports and other points of entry and exit across the country.

"In response to the meeting that President Goodluck Jonathan held with the Vice-President of the U.S., this week the U.S. government will be donating to Nigeria, 30 body scanners for measuring temperature that will be deployed to points of entry and points of exit".

The minister added that the Elemelu Foundation has pledged to donate N50m towards combating the Ebola virus disease, while Atedo Peterside's Foundation will support affected private hospitals with N100,000 naira per bed.

The Nigerian President was reported to have approved 1.9 billion as intervention fund, to help control the spread of the virus that has already claimed the lives of about five people in Lagos, Nigeria.

Ebola was first reported in Nigeria in July when an American-Liberian whose name was Patrick Sawyer, tested positive to the virus. Patrick Sawyer finally died on July 25.

At the meeting, the members of the Federal Executive Council were told that only five cases of polio have been reported this year, as against the over twenty cases reported last year.

The country expressed contentment over efforts made towards the eradication of polio.

The FEC also awarded a contract to the tune of 31 billion Naira, for the evacuation of the over 40 megawatts of power from the Kashimbila dam in Taraba state, Nigeria.

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