Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of The Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that the bank will support research institutions, Biotechnology firms in order for Nigeria to develop a Domestic Vaccine rather than seeking support from other countries Healthforbes Media reports.
Governor Emefiele who spoke in the commissioning of ThisDay Dome Testing, Treating,Tracing and Isolation Center in Abuja, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has tampered with the global economy in both developed and developing countries.
Emefiele had Commended the Private sectors for supporting the Government through the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
He said the Government had so far realized 27 billion Naira from the various donations from the private sector.
He added that, these donations were channelled to building Sophisticated Isolation Centers across all the states of the country.
He stated that these efforts will result to adding over 4,000 Hospital beds in all the states in the country and also boost the strength of the country for the war against COVID-19.
And so far, Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) had equipped and handed over Isolations Centers in state such as,Kwara,Enugu,Rivers,borno and Ondo states.
He said ;“The CBN today challenges Nigerian scientists at home abroad to go back to their laboratories and develop a Nigerian vaccine.
“Once validated by the Health Authorities, the CBN will step in and deliver the needful for the sake of over 200 million Nigerians now confronted by Coronavirus.
“Our inability to accurately predict the length to which the COVID-19 could spread, and how long it would last, requires that we build sufficient capacity within our health system in order to curtail the spread of the virus, state by state, city by city and preserve the lives of vulnerable Nigerians.
“This requires that we all join hands together to support the work of the Presidential Task Force in its determination to save lives and stem the pandemic”. Healthforbes Media reporting
By Dung Donald Malou