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Ebola: FG releases N200m to Lagos

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on
Wednesday said President Goodluck Jonathan has
approved the immediate release of N200m to Lagos
State Government as Federal Government’s direct
support to the state in its efforts aimed at containing
the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease.

He also said he had written to a Canadian firm to see
whether it can extend another trial drug, TKM Ebola,
to Nigeria.Chukwu disclosed these while briefing
State House correspondents of the highlights of the
update on the virus which he presented at the weekly
Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by
President Goodluck Jonathan.He was joined at the
press conference by the Minister of Information, Mr.
Labaran Maku; Minister of State, Power, Muhammed
Wakil; Minister of State, Health, Khaliru Alhassan; and
the Director-General of the Bureau of Public
Procurement, Emeka Eze.The minister said any drug
received would be made to pass through the nation’s
Health Ethics Committee before it would be
administered on any patient.He said,

“Presently, we have not stopped requesting for drug, I have
requested from a company in Canada and a lot of
Nigerians including the High Commissioner in
Nigeria to Canada are making that request to see
whether the other drug being manufactured in
Canada called TKM Ebola would also be extended to
Nigeria.

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