Journalists were told in Abuja on last week by the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting that approval was given for the sum of 8.5 billion naira for the purchase of 12 assorted items by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
While briefing newsmen Ehanire disclosed that the fund which was earlier requested for in a memo by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control would be used to procure materials to combat and expand testing and diagnostic capabilities of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and also help the country address community transmission of the pandemic, which he said have affected 586 Local Government Areas in the country.
Meanwhile the NCDC have confirmed as at Friday 329 fresh cases of COVID-19 which now makes a total of 48,445 cases in Nigeria.
In a message on its verified Twitter handle the NCDC said Lagos state have 113 while Kaduna followed with 49 cases.
The twitter message also gave a breakdown of the new cases as follows:
329 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
In another COVID-19 related story monitored on punchng.com/ a shortage of bed spaces has been reported at the only purpose-built isolation centre in Abuja.
According to the report Abuja is said to have the highest number of COVID-19 persons on admission in the country totaling 3,172 who are currently contained in makeshift isolation centres some of which include the National Hospital, Asokoro District General Hospital, the Accident and Emergency Ward of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada; and the ThisDay Dome.