The Senate has rejected the Health Ministry’s proposal to borrow N82 billion to purchase mosquito nets.

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The Nigerian Senate has rejected a proposal by the Federal Ministry of Health to borrow $200 million (N82,070,388,916.76) under the malaria programme in the 2022 budget to purchase mosquito nets.

Gershom Bassey, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, spoke out against the move by the Ministry on Tuesday, Oct. 26 during the Federal Ministry of Health’s 2022 budget defence.

Bassey told Mahmuda Mamman, the Permanent Secretary, that the proposal to borrow $200 million (about N82 billion at the official exchange rate of N410 to a dollar) to purchase mosquito nets was outrageous given the amount involved.

The Committee’s condemnation was in response to the Permanent Secretary’s earlier submission of the intention to borrow the said amount for the purchase of mosquito nets.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib had said the $200 million was for importation and local production of mosquito nets.


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