The sum of $82 million dollars has been released to the Nigerian government by the World Bank Group, through the Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement Project REDISSE, to strengthen its public health response in the country.
The international financial institution made the disclosure in a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday.
In addition, the World Bank said it had been asked to provide a multi-pronged package of support over the next six months to strengthen the country’s preparedness for the immediate health crisis.
The statement however suggests the World Bank would also provide the Federal Government with budget support for a pro-poor stimulus package and the long term recovery.
The statement reads: “Efforts to protect livelihoods and support local economic activities over the next 18 to 24 months will be critical in mitigating the economic and human impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Together with partners, the bank is discussing with the states and relevant federal agencies how best to protect livelihoods of poor and vulnerable families and support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to enable recovery.
“Through the REDISSE project, about 10.6 million dollars has already been committed to support the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in strengthening states’ emergency operation centre, building, renovating and providing equipment for treatment centres across eight states.
“As well as bringing in essential medical supplies and drugs, testing kits, Personal Protective Equipment for frontline health workers.”
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