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Health News of Tuesday, 7 December 2021


Minister queries isolation centre on N950 million Coronavirus fund

Clems Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Clems Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clems Agba, has disclosed that the Auditor-General of the Federation will soon be invited to audit the N950m Coronavirus intervention fund allocated to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).

Speaking shortly after a facility tour of the UPTH isolation centre,Agba expressed anger over what he described as the poor state of the isolation centre.

He said what he saw on ground could not justify the N950m allocated to the hospital as Coronavirus intervention fund.

He said the Federal Government through its intervention fund allocated a sum of N950m to each of the 52 Federal Medical Centres and Teaching Hospitals where it was intervening.

The Chief Medical Director of UPTH, Professor Henry Ugboma however said the hospital management made judicious use of the fund allocated to the hospital.

Ugboma said the money released for Coronavirus intervention were channeled into four areas such as the ICU unit, the molecular lab, personnel protective equipment and infrastructures.

He said when the omicron various broke out the management of the hospital decided to ventilate isolation centre which he said were covered with black soot, saying that all the equipment bought for the centre were safely kept.