Saturday, 13 February 2016

Nigeria gets $290000 Equipment to fight Lassa fever

The Federal Government has received a donation of health equipment worth $290,000 from the African Development Bank as a support to address the outbreak of Lassa fever and other current health challenges in the country.

The equipment, which includes two ambulances, 30 Bajaj motorcycles, 34 safety boxes and other items, were procured by the World Health Organisation with funding from AfDB.

A statement by the Director (Media and Public Relations) in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Friday said the Country Director of WHO, Dr. Rui Gama Vaz, presented the equipment to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole in Abuja.

According to him, the equipment was initially to curtail the spread of Ebola epidemic, however since Nigeria has succeeded in curtailing Ebola, it can be used to address any other epidemic.

Receiving the equipment, Adewole said that the equipment would help Nigeria to prepare against any eventuality that may occur.

He said, "We thank you very sincerely and we need more, this is just the beginning the whole World must be prepared for eventualities as global warming is bringing quite a number of challenges in the health sector, yesterday was Lassa, day before yesterday was Ebola today and tomorrow is Zika virus and we don’t know what would happen tomorrow and thereafter."

I concur--who knows whats next? Still waiting for the new STD that Pastor Adeboye predicted.


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