The Global Fund has approved the sum of $29.8 million for Nigeria as emergency fund to fight COVID-19 for the next one year.
The National Coordinator, Civil Society for Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN),Ayo Ipinmoye stated this in Abuja at a media briefing on Global Fund Malaria Accountability and Advocacy project.
Over the years,the global health community had focused its attention on control, elimination and eradication of some diseases.
Since 2000 ,there have been significant and unprecedented attention and investment by Global Fund in combating HIV/AIDS,TUBERCULOSIS and Malaria.
Through the Response Mechanism, countries can access funding to reinforce the response to COVID-19, mitigate the impact of the pandemic on HIV, TB and malaria programs, and make urgent improvements in health and community systems.
The National Coordinator, Civil Society for Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN),Ayo Ipinmoye said the fund was to strengthen the health system.
“Besides, the Global Fund has given an approval for Nigeria to use about $59 million from its existing grants for HIV, TB and Malaria to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the health system, provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the health care workers.”
He noted that the global fund provided $1 billion to support countries to ensure that the gains made in Malaria, HIV and TB are not lost to Covid-19 out of which Nigeria is eligible to receive $29.8Million from in the new funds.
Ipinmoye stressed that that there are concerns about the fate of ATM and other health issues in the face of Covid-19 adding that the Global Fund states that analysis from the World Health Organization, UNAIDS among others suggest that annual death toll across the three diseases could double wiping out years of progress if we do not act decisively.
Also speaking the Executive Secretary,Country Contributing Mechanism,Mr Chidozie Ezechukwu expressed worry over the low access to medical healthcare in the country’s hospitals due to COVID-19 pandemic.
On his part, the Advocacy, Communication, Social Mobilization Advisor , Catholic Relieve Services,Desmond Ajoko who said poor record keeping, at the primary healthcare center were some of the challenges confronting healthcare delivery,called for efficiency in all the health facilities across the country.