Breaking: ‎World Bank approves $114.28m for Nigeria

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The World Bank Board of Directors on Friday approved a total of $114.28m for Nigeria.

The amount is meant to help Nigeria prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 with a specific focus on state level responses.

‎The $114.28m includes $100 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) and $14.28 million grant from the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility.

A statement released by the World Bank on Friday explained that‎ through the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project (CoPREP), the Government of Nigeria will provide grants to 36 states and the FCT as immediate support to break the chain of COVID-19 local transmission and limit the spread of coronavirus through containment and mitigation strategies.

Grants to states will be conditional on states adopting COVID-19 response strategies which are in line with the Federal Government guidelines and strategies.

CoPREP will enhance the institutional and operational capacity for disease detection through provision of technical expertise, coordination support, detection, diagnosis and case management efforts in all states and the FCT as per the WHO guidelines in the Strategic Response Plan.

It will also help the government mobilize surge response capacity through trained and well-equipped frontline healthcare workers and strengthen the public health care network for future health emergencies.

‎World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, ‎Shubham Chaudhuri, noted that although Nigeria has ramped up its efforts to contain the COVID -19 outbreak, more needs to done at the state level, which are at the frontline of the response.

“The project will provide the states with much needed direct technical and fiscal support to strengthen their position in combating  the pandemic,” ‎Chaudhuri‎ said.

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In addition, the project will finance federal procurements of medical equipment, laboratory tests, and medicines to be distributed to the states based on their needs.

I‎t complements the Second Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Project (REDISSE II) which is already providing short-term emergency support to implement national and state Incident Action Plans.

So far, all 36 states have incident action plans cleared by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and funds have been disbursed to 23 states.

CoPREP will finance further support to all states and Abuja Federal Capital Territory through the NCDC to implement their COVID-19 Incident Action Plans.

Specifically, the projects include the operationalization of 37 Emergency Operations Centers; training of 30,000 healthcare workers in infection prevention and control and support for emergency prioritized water sanitation and hygiene activities.

CoPREP will also support the s‎trengthening of risk assessment and community and event-based surveillance; provision of on-time data to inform the response and mitigation activities and additional support to laboratories for early detection and confirmation.‎

It will also supports equipping and renovating isolation and treatment centers including community support centers, as well as ‎helping to improve in patient transfer systems through financing of ambulances and training as needed.

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