Health Minister Professor Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu has disclosed that Nigeria has been allocated $1.14 million (equivalent N177 million) by The Global Fund (TGF) to help fight three killer diseases of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Speaking at a 3-day retreat for members of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of The Global Fund, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the minister said the retreat was organised for members to develop strategies that would enable the country meet the requirement for accessing the funds.
Chukwu, who promised prudent management of the allocation for the three deadly diseases, explained that the objectives of the retreat were to ensure that CCM members are aware of the new CCM eligibility criteria, understand the roles and responsibilities of CCM members and principalrecipients.
He said the retreat would also seek to review ongoing grants performance and to address implementation bottlenecks as well as “ensure common understanding of the New Funding Model (NFM) roll out stages, country dialogue planning and roadmaps as well as planning of Technical Assistance for concept note”.
Speaking on behalf state commissioners for health, the Taraba State Commissioner for Health Mr. Oliver Wubon promised to replicate the efforts of the federal government in combating HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in their various states.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio said that the state is in a hurry to deploy its cutting-edge technology to surmount the challenges in the health sector.