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FG to spend N4.3bn on syphilis, HIV test kits

- By Muideen Olaniyi

The Federal

Council yesterday N4,347,500,000 procuremen­t of HIV syphilis test kits.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this to reporters after the FEC meeting.

He said: “As you all know, Nigeria has succeeded in driving down the HIV prevalence from 3% to 1.3%. The nationalit­y indicator and the impact survey that was done recently, now we

Executive approved for and want to push it further down by being able to do more testing, particular­ly of mothers who may be carrying HIV and they don’t know it, and they can pass it on to their unborn children.

“So, these test kits we’re procuring and we’re also including those test kits that can also detect syphilis. Syphilis, as you all know, is another sexually transmitte­d disease. So, this memo was presented today and passed by Council.”

Ehanire said the FEC also approved N1,262,269,939 for purchase of equipment for six laboratori­es in the country and N3,064,582,050.01 for a new vaccine laboratory “that will help us when we start manufactur­ing vaccines.”

Before the commenceme­nt of the FEC meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari had sworn in five permanent secretarie­s: Ibrahim Yusuf (Katsina), Olusesan Adebiyi (Ekiti), Maryanne Onwudiwe (Enugu), Marcus Ogunbiyi (Lagos) and Ibrahim Abubakar Kana (Nasarawa).

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