COVID-19: Lagos, Kano get highest budget in FG planned vaccination

Lagos and Kano States have the highest budget in the planned national Covid-19 vaccination, expected to gulp N10.6billion.

The federal government has proposed to spend N685.4million as transportation cost to cover Kano’s 44 local government areas. Also, N558.6million is proposed as cost of distributing the vaccines across Lagos State’s officially-recognised 20 local government areas.

Similar costs for vaccinating Katsina, Oyo, and Bayelsa among states are N476million, N396.3million, and N121million respectively.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency had prepared the budget to cover Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital, Abuja.

In the proposal, Personal Protective Equipment will take N1.4billion, N373million for AEFI immunization kits. The federal health agency presented the proposal to Nigeria’s state governors on Thursday.

Kayode Fayemi, Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) signed a communique released after deliberations with the ministry officials. The governors promised to give counterpart funding for the vaccine roll-out.

They also tasked the federal government to put necessary logistics in place. But, despite the exigencies of the vaccine roll-out, the Federal Ministry of Health has not sent to the National Assembly its supplementary budget for approval.

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