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Coronavirus: FG Worried, Cannot Regulate Face Masks, Sanitisers – Minister

The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire speaks on the Federal Authorities’s response to the Coronavirus Illness (COVID-19) within the nation on March 1, 2020.


The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Authorities is nervous in regards to the enhance within the costs of face masks and sanitisers within the nation.

Ehanire said this throughout an interview on Channels Tv’s Sunday Politics, the place he spoke in regards to the present administration’s response in containing the additional unfold of the Coronavirus Illness (COVID-19) within the nation.

“The federal government is worried about costs going up. However you see, we function a market economic system. Those that are merchants and suppliers are doing a brisk enterprise by making an attempt to extend importation and people who manufacture are additionally doing a brisk enterprise scaling up the manufacturing of all these merchandise.

“So it isn’t shocking that the costs go up for the time being. The federal government makes positive that these businesses and organisations that have to have these supplies have them,” he mentioned.

Talking additional, the minister defined that the costs of the kits “will drop when traders import more of these products,” stressing that the Federal Authorities won’t be capable of regulate the costs of the commodities.

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Dr Ehanire, when requested in regards to the identification of the 44-year-old Italian affected person recognized with COVID-19 within the nation, mentioned it’s towards the medical ethics to interact in such.

He, nonetheless, revealed the federal government’s readiness to cease the additional unfold of the illness to different components of the nation.

On the difficulty of the journey advisory, the Well being Minister warned Nigerians towards travelling to international locations which have reported circumstances of the virus.

His warning follows that of the US authorities asking its residents to not go to Iran, South Korea and Italy as a part of the measures to manage the illness.

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