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W’ Bank, others approve $114.3m for Nigeria’s COVID-19 campaign

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NIGERIA’S fight against COVID-19 pandemic received another boost yesterday, when World Bank approved $114.28million for the country.

  A breakdown of $114.28 million shows a $100 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) and $14.28 million grant from the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility.

  The grant will help Nigeria in area of prevention and detection in its response to the pandemic with a specific focus on states.

  World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chaudhuri, who made the disclosure in a statement, explained that‎ through the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project (CoPREP), the Federal Government will provide grants to 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as immediate support to halt the COVID-19 local transmission and limit the spread of the disease through containment and mitigation strategies.

  According to him, the grants to states will be conditioned on states adopting COVID-19 response strategies which are in line with the Federal Government guidelines.

  He noted that CoPREP will enhance the institutional and operational capacity for disease detection through provision of technical expertise, coordination support, detection, diagnosis and case management efforts in all states and the FCT as per the WHO guidelines in the Strategic Response Plan.

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