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Ebola: Lagos Receives FG's N200m Support Fund

The Lagos State Government on Monday said it had received the N200million pledged by the Federal Government to support the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease in the state.

Gov. Babatunde Fashola confirmed receipt of the fund while receiving some Ebola protective and relief items donated by MTN Nigeria in Ikeja.

The governor said the state government received the money on Wednesday and thanked the Federal Government for fulfilling its pledge.

It will be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan had announced a pledge of N200million to the state to support its efforts at containing the spread of the virus.

Jonathan said the N200million was not part of the N1.9billion Ebola Intervention Fund that would be released to Federal Ministry of Health to contain the spread of the disease.

“Yes we have received the money. We got the N200million on Wednesday. It is definitely going to help in our efforts to contain the virus,’’ Fashola said.

The governor said that the state government was working closely with the Federal Government and other partners to effectively fight the disease.

The governor said though the state was not yet free of the disease, “the successful treatment of eight hitherto patients means that Nigeria is winning the war against the virus.’’

Fashola thanked MTN for donating the items to the state government.
He said that the materials would help the state government‘s efforts at containing the spread of the disease.

Earlier, Mr Paschal Dozie, Chairman MTN Nigeria, who presented the items, said the gesture was to support efforts at fighting the disease and promote public health.