By Asmau Ahmad
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has said the $200 million loan requested is Nigeria’s counterpart fund to complement a global malaria action plan to combat malaria in the country.
Ehanire said this at the Bi-Weekly National Briefing on COVID-19, Cholera, Health Promotion and other related issues on Monday in Abuja.
The Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Loans on kicked against a proposal by the FMOH to borrow $200million under the Malaria Programme to buy mosquito nets in the 2022 budget.
While responding to question, the minister said that the amount in question was actually referred to a component of the world bank assisted Multilateral Borrowing plan and it involves the African Development Bank and the Islamic bank.
“The project development was done by the Ministry of health and Ministry of budget. the purpose is for Nigeria counterpart fund to complement a global malaria action plan.
“The main donors to this roll back malaria are three. The first is the US, The US presidential malaria initiative who donated 295m dollars and they are going to use that to cover 11 states, the global funds to fight aids, Tuberculosis and malaria provides about 400m dollars for very high burden malaria in 13 States in the country to continue to roll back malaria and this leaves 13 States which have no financial Support for this program.
“In order to have full coverage, for our partners to release their funds, they need these 13 States to be covered on the condition that Nigeria will provide 200m dollars for the 13 States for five years and this covers 208 LGAs, 3,536 PHCs and about 60m of the population,” he explained.
Ehanire disclosed that experts estimated that the money would avert 78,000, death, 14.5 illnesses from malaria and provide 17. 6m malaria services in these states.
“It is important to note that only 26 percent of this is actually plan for net. The money is domicile in the ministy of finance and the ministry of heath is only helping,” he added
Meanwhile, the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye also disclosed that Nigeria was closer to begin the manufacturing of vaccines to fight against disease outbreaks.
According to Adeyeye, Nigeria is now closer to manufacturing her own vaccine and it will no longer be because it has no regulatory agency.
“Attaining the global bench mark would not have been possible without some in-country measures by the agency. The global bench has some eight functions . They are laboratory testing, market authorisation, market control, regulatory inspection and vigilance among others.
“We were asked to expand our laboratory. We have expanded the drug lab in Yaba and the vaccine lab is being built. The list the WHO gave us that we have 868 recommendations. This number came up through self audit and that was in January 2018,” she explained.
Adeyeye further said through Self audit, the Agency find out that the template that the WHO gave to the country had 868 conditions to meet and by October 15, 2021.