The N200 million released to the Lagos State Government for the treatment and containment of the Ebola Virus Disease on Wednesdaywas not part of the N1.9 billion voted for that cause by the Federal Government.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, stated this on Thursday in a statement by his media aide, Dan Nwomeh.
Rather, the N200 million was a direct funding by the Federal Government for the control of the EVD in Lagos.
According to the statement, among those who have donated to the fund for the containment of the EVD are the Aliko Dangote Foundation, N152 million, which will be to sponsor the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre in Lagos; ANAP Foundation, founded by Atedo Peterside, which will be supporting affected private hospitals to the tune of N100,000 per bed space, with the First Consultant Hospital in Lagos, where the index case was managed, to be the first beneficiary and that the hospital would receive N4 million since its bed capacity is 40; the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which has pledged a donation of N50 million to support the Federal Government’s containment efforts; and Shell Petroleum Development Company, which donated an ambulance to the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre in Lagos.
Nwomen added in the statement: “Meanwhile, the Minister of Health has also clarified that the N200 million approved by President Goodluck Jonathan to support the Lagos State Government is not part of the N1.9 billion earlier released to the Federal Ministry of Health.
“The N200 million is a distinct and direct Federal Government support to Lagos State and does not preclude other assistance that may be rendered to the State through the Federal Ministry of Health.”