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Kwara Gets N100m World Bank COVID-19 Support Fund

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Kwara State Government has received N100m World Bank grant to strengthen its management of the COVID-19 in the state.

Spokesperson of the state Technical Commitee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye made this known in a statement on Saturday, August 8.

Ajakaye, who is also the Chief Press Secretary to Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq added that the fund was channelled through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) after the state had met certain criteria.

The statement reads;

The disbursement of the fund is part of the ongoing World Bank-assisted Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement (REDISSE) project, which is coordinated by the NCDC to bridge funding gap at the state levels for the implementation of the COVID-19 response and incidence action plan.

Kwara State is one of the few states that have met the criteria laid down by NCDC and World Bank, hence this has triggered the disbursement of N100Million to the State. The fund was channelled through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) after the state had met certain criteria.

The REDISSE project is to implement critical and time sensitive priority activities related to the pandemic.

According to the statement;

The COVID-19 Response Fund for the States will cover the priority activities in areas such as Trainings, Workshops, Meetings, Seminar, Procurement of Goods & Services, Operating costs, Consultancy services/Non-consultancy.

It added that the funds are meant for activities in the approved Incident Action Plan.

As at press time, Kwara state has 826 coronavirus cases, 343 discharged patients and 21 deaths.

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