The United Nations has said it has mobilised 756 million naira to assist Nigeriaâ€™s fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mr. Edward Kallon, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria made the announcement at a â€œnational conferenceâ€ in Abuja, according to a report on the United Nations website.
Kallon said the funds would be used to procure essential medical supplies in support of the governmentâ€™s efforts to contain the virus and care for those infected.
As of Tuesday, there were 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one resultant death in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
â€œThe UN system in Nigeria will support rapid procurement of disease commodity packages for surveillance, prevention and control, and clinical management,â€ he said.
Kallon added that the UN would support the governmentâ€™s efforts to immediately set up a national response fund to address the pandemic in the country.
The fund is expected to serve as a single national platform and financing framework, coordinating partnerships and mobilising resources that can make an effective impact on the ground.