Non-us $ 200 million mosquito net loan request – NPHCDA
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said it was not advocating a loan of $ 200 million for the import and local production of mosquito nets in the country.
A statement made available to Tribune Online on Wednesday in Abuja, signed by its head of the public relations unit, Mohammad Ohitoto, indicates that the attention of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has been drawn to a Online publication citing ED / NPHCDA CEO, Dr Faisal Shuaib to advocate for a loan of $ 200 million for the import and local production of mosquito nets in the country.
“This is to inform Nigerians that this statement is not only false, but also the brainchild of the writer, as the CEO never discussed the malaria program nor granted an interview on the malaria control program.
âIt is relevant to specify that the malaria control program is a responsibility of the National Malaria Elimination Program (FMOH). Therefore, the chief executive has no reason to discuss or advocate funding for any intervention. This is fake news that should be ignored by all well-meaning Nigerians, âthe statement said.
The Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Loans on Tuesday spoke out against the federal health ministry’s proposal to borrow $ 200 million under the malaria program to purchase bed nets in the 2022 budget.
The committee’s condemnation was in response to the Health Ministry’s submission on its intention to borrow the proceeds to purchase bed nets for 13 vulnerable states.
The permanent secretary of the ministry, Mahmuda Mamman, had justified the proposal before the panel by declaring that âthe loan, if approved by the National Assembly and accessible, will be used to medically fight against malaria in the 13 orphan states which cover 208 councils and 3,536 primary health care centers â
Angered by his submission, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe and the other senators present leaned heavily on the permanent secretary and the executive secretary of the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care, the Dr Faisal Shuaib.
Oloriegbe wondered why 450 million naira was budgeted for malaria treatment in the proposed budget for 2022 and yet there are plans underway to borrow 200 million dollars for the same purpose.
He said, âThis is unacceptable. We should be able to give up when we deal with these donor or creditor organizations about what loans to take out and what they should be spent on. “
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