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FG Releases N6.45 Billion For New Oxygen Plants In 38 Locations Nationwide To Facilitate COVID-19 Treatment

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FG Releases N6.45 Billion For New Oxygen Plants In 38 Locations Nationwide To Facilitate COVID-19 Treatment
President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government (FG) has approved N6.45 billion for the setting up of gas plants in 38 locations nationwide in a bid to enhance the treatment of Covid-19 patients who need oxygen.

 

This was disclosed in a press release from the Office of the Vice President, and signed by Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, on January 21, 2021.

 

According to the statement, another N255 million approved for repairs of oxygen plants in 5 hospitals

 

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N6.45 billion for the setting up of gas plants in 38 locations nationwide in a bid to enhance the treatment of Covid-19 patients who need oxygen. 

 

“This disclosure emerged at the first National Economic Council meeting of the year presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with State Governors, Federal Capital Territory Minister, Central Bank Governor and other senior government officials in attendance. 

 

“While briefing the NEC on the release of the funds, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed said the President approved the release of the funds for the production of oxygen, necessitated by the increased number of patients who need oxygen due to the surge in Covid-19 infections in the country. 

 

“Similarly at the meeting, the Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire informed the Council that sequel to President Buhari’s decision to activate the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund based on the National Health Act, N55.1billion was approved in 2018 and that 50% of the sum has since been released to the States and the FCT. 

 

“Besides, the Federal Government has also allocated N35billion for 2021 for the Fund,” the statement read.

 

It would be recalled that the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF or “The Fund”) was established under Section 11 of the National Health Act (NHA Act), as the principal funding vehicle for the Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS). The Fund serves to increase the fiscal space and overall financing to the health sector to assist Nigeria achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Funding of the BHCPF would be derived from contributions including — an annual grant from the Federal Government of Nigeria of not less than one per cent (1%) of its Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) — grants by international donor partners; and funds from any other source.

 

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