By Cecilia Ologunagba
Abuja – Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, says Nigeria is worried about the impact and effect of COVID-19 on its citizens.
He told his guest that the Fund had significantly boosted the resources and the assets which Nigeria used to respond to the virus.
“The first of which was the 2 million dollars consignment that came into Nigeria to kick start everything that Nigeria has to do, just as the other consignments begin to roll in.
“Everybody is shipping in from all sides and giving us support; we are pleased with the handholding that is going on, and we hope that all that will continue to grow.”
He has been in the country but in isolation as required by the protocol having been deployed from Accra, Ghana.
Mulombo said he was impressed by the set up at the Airport when he was coming in as well as the protocol put in place at the hotel he stayed in.
He said that Nigeria’s administrators handling COVID-19 protocols gave him the impression that they surely know what they are doing.
Mulombo told his host that WHO would want to build on the success and to explore other avenues to support the Health Ministry and the Government of Nigeria.
He said the advantage and lessons learnt from managing Nigeria to a Polio-free country could be built upon to address COVID-19 and other health emergencies.
Before the coming of Mulombo to resume as the new WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Fiona Braka, has been acting and representing WHO on the Presidential Task Force of COVID-19, the flagship body for managing issues of COVID-19 in Nigeria.