Gov. Ugwuanyi of Enugu State approves N36 million for World Bank
The Enugu State Executive Council has approved N36 million as commitment fee to participate in a World Bank-sponsored program at reducing malaria in the state.According to the Commissioner for Health in the State,Fintan Ekochin.Mr. Ekochin said 12 other states in the country were selected for participation in the program, powered by the World Bank through the National Malaria Elimination Program.
The commissioner said that the program would be significant for the state as it would be the first time the state would be benefitting from an international funding for malaria in recent times.
He added that “at the inception of this administration in 2015, the state has no international partner or donor agency funding for malaria.
“The burden of malaria in the state has been eradicated.”
Mr. Ekochin said the current administration in Enugu State put in much effort from 2017 culminating in this success story.
He added that the state government was able to meet all conditions necessary for participation in the programme but one, which was a commitment fee.
He said “to qualify for funding therefore, a commitment fee of N36 million was required and that was what the council just approved.
“With this approval, we have now met all the conditions and we are sure to make the nomination list because not all the selected states will be funded.
“With the programme, the state can go into active malaria control in a multi disciplinary approach.”
The commissioner said that the program would require distribution of free mosquito nets, as well as subsidized treatment for children under five years, pregnant women and adults.
He noted that the program was expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018 if the state was selected.
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