Health ministry establishing oxygen plants in 36 states – NEC -GCFRNG

Health ministry establishing oxygen plants in 36 states – NEC -GCFRNG

The National Economic Council (NEC) says the Ministry of Health is establishing oxygen plants in all 36 states of the federation.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi made this known to House correspondents after a virtual meeting of the NEC on Friday.

The virtual meeting anchored from the Presidential Village, was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Umahi said Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who chaired the NEC Adhoc committee that interacts with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to ease the economy lockdown, submitted a report to the council.

“The Federal Ministry of Health is establishing oxygen plants in all 36 states of the country, but so far oxygen cylinders have been provided to six states.

“The federal government has paid for 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines that come in batches, and therefore a considerable amount of vaccines will arrive in the country between now and January 2022.

“Nigeria is now ranked in the top 50 countries for green zones.”

Umahi said the NEC also received the states’ performance report on COVID-19 from the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

He said the council was also updated on the global COVID-19 situation.

“More than 237 million confirmed cases and more than 4.8 million deaths from COVID-19.

“Currently more than 6.3 billion doses of vaccines are administered.

“Nigeria is still in the first wave of vaccination and vaccination tools will improve as the country receives additional vaccines.

“COVID-19 cases have decreased by 7.5 percent in the last week,” he said.

Umahi said states were urged to continue pushing testing activities to detect new cases before the situation worsened.

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According to him, the federal government is expected to announce soon an update on travel restrictions in certain countries.

The governor said the council also received an update on the situation regarding the cholera outbreak.

“Current situation of cholera in the country; Suspected number of cases is 88,704.

“The number of states is 31 and the FCT. The death toll is 3,208.

“Multi-sector emergency operations centers activated at level 2 continue to coordinate the national response,” he said.

He listed the challenges to include the difficulty of accessing some communities due to insecurity, open defecation, and lack of clean water.

Umahi said other challenges were the lack of basic primary health care infrastructure, inadequate health facilities and cholera products for case management.

Umahi said that NEC praised the engaging presentations and congratulated the outgoing NCDC Director General Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu on his new appointment to WHO and also welcomed the incoming Director General Dr. Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa.

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