Senate frowns at Buhari’s plan to borrow $200m to fight mosquitoes




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The Senate has frowned at a plan by the to borrow $200 million to purchase mosquito nets and other ancillary medical therapies to prevent malaria.

Members of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts faulted the proposed loan requests when the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mahmuda Mamman, informed them of the plan.

Mr. Mamman told the panel that part of the ’s plan for the loan is to secure a $200 million facility to procure mosquito nets to prevent malaria in 13 of the 36 states.

This, he said, is due to high rate of under-five mortality in largely caused by malaria and inaccessibility to malaria treatments by residents in 13 vulnerable in the country. Hence, the necessity of the loan.

“If approved by the National Assembly and accessed, the loan would be used to medically fight malaria in the 13 orphan which cover 208 local government councils and 3,536 Primary Healthcare Centres,” he said.

But a member of the committee, Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara) wondered why plans were being made to borrow $200 when N450 million had been budgeted for malaria treatment in the proposed 2022 Appropriation bill.

Sen. Oloriegbe, who is also the of the committee on health, also wondered why there are plans to and patronise mosquito nets and malaria drugs in Nigeria.

“This is unacceptable. We should be able to put feet down when dealing with these donor agencies or creditors as regards loans to be taken and what should be expended on.

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