Bill Gates donates $1m To Nigeria
The House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services yesterday urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to guard against discriminatory practices in the pursuit of a vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Tanko Sununu, made the call when the newly appointed WHO country representative in Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo, paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly Complex.
Sununu who applauded the role being played by WHO in the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic stressed that countries of the world must have unfettered access to the vaccine irrespective of their status in the comity of nations.
He said, “We must also thank WHO for its role in leading the world in the fight towards the containment of COVID-19 in policy making and the
overall fight towards the containment.
“However we are also going to call on WHO to always remember the principles of ethics especially now that we are moving towards a lot of multi centred, multinational clinical trials to ensure the principle of justice in medical research is attained.
“By justice it means all human beings are equal and the benefits of it must be extended to all, so that there would be no segment of the world that would be used as a scapegoat in trying to achieve the goal.
This is the only way that one would see WHO as being fair in its fight against CVID-19.”
While expressing appreciation to the WHO for supporting the National Assembly over the years, the chairman pledged to cooperate with the organisation in the ratification of conventions to ensure universal health coverage.
He cited moves to empower primary healthcare agencies, boost in the national programme on immunisation and government’s determination to
address upsurge of cases cancers and communicable diseases and putting in place a legal framework on a safe blood transfusion as part of measures put in place by the National Assembly to achieve the goal.
Fayemi Tests Positive, Ikpeazu Recovers
Ekiti State governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, has tested positive for coronavirus infection.
Fayemi disclosed this via his Twitter handle on Tuesday.
The governor said his COVID-19 status was confirmed after he undergoing test for the disease, with the third test coming back positive.
Governor Fayemi, however, stated that he was in a stable condition and okay.
On a positive note, the Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has returned to the state after 45 days in isolation after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The governor assured residents of the state that he was hale and hearty and fully prepared to resume duties.
In another development, Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has tested negative of the virus after he was treated.
The governor who was accompanied by his wife, two daughters and a few of his aides went straight to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Umuobiakwa for a brief thanksgiving service.
According to a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Onyebuchi Ememanka, Governor Ikpeazu at the thanksgiving service said, “Throughout my life, my faith and confidence in the Almighty God have remained unshaken and will remain so. It is His grace that upholds me. This latest in the series of the interventions of God in my life will spur me to rededicate my life to the service of our people.”
The government, however, expressed a special gratitude to his deputy, Ude Oko Chukwu and speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Engr. Chinedum Orji, for holding forth in his absence.
Bill Gates donates $1m To Nigeria
A UN finance support platform tagged “One UN COVID-19 Response Basket Fund” has disclosed that it received additional $1 million to help Nigeria to address challenges posed by the pandemic.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP), which manages the basket fund, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
The statement quoted the UNDP resident representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Yahya,
as saying that the additional fund was to aid Nigeria, as it witnessed a rapid rise in the number of confirmed cases.
Yahya said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had donated one million dollars in support of the Nigerian government in addressing the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic on July 14, 2020.
He further said the UN welcomed the contribution of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as it aimed to support the country’s response in the
management of the crisis and the realities of post-crisis, particularly in the protection of vulnerable persons.
He added that “as a recognised COVID-19 Response Financing and Investment Platform, this facility provides us a timely opportunity to stand with Nigeria and channel financial contributions toward the COVID-19 multi-sectoral response.
“Working as one UN enables us to minimise the risk of duplication of efforts and ensures efficient mobilisation and rapid deployment of resources.”
The UNDP resident representative further said that the unfolding COVID-19 situation in Nigeria called for solidarity and coordinated support to
the government to the response plan of the country.
“Through the Basket Fund, the UN aims to ensure policy coherence, programmatic alignment, harmonisation, and coordination of support to
the government of Nigeria during the time of crisis,” Yahya said.
As of June 2020, the Basket Fund, managed by UNDP mobilised $61.3 million, including $54.6 million from the European Union (EU) and $2.2 million from UN agencies.
Also, the fund received $4 million dollars from the private sector (Dangote $3.8 million and AP Maersk $0.2 million); and $0.4 million dollars from the government of Switzerland.