…Says govt received N792m corporate, individual donations
The federal government said Friday that a couple of deaths are being recorded in the country because hospitals are turning back non-COVID-19 patients.
This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Control COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, at its 32nd joint national briefing in Abuja.
“We have also noticed a marked reduction in the delivery of Non-COVID-19 related services in our hospitals. You will recall that the Honourable Minister of Health had on several occasions implored our health institutions not to jeopardise offering critical health services to patients who require attention.
“The PTF wishes to re-iterate this call and request that health service providers should help relieve the burden of disease in the country by offering the required services. As at present records show that we may be experiencing more unnecessary deaths because our hospitals are turning back non-COVID-19 related patients,” he said.
Speaking on support by corporate bodies, development partners, individuals, groups, and religious bodies, the SGF said N792,121,613.89 has been realised so far.
He said for effective coordination and accountability, the Office of the Accountant General published five bank accounts into which donations could be paid and swept into a CBN TSA account daily.
He said consistent with the open government policy driven by transparency and accountability of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, the PTF promised that details of all cash donations would be publicly provided.
“As of 14th May, 2020, the sum of N792,121,613.89 (Seven Hundred and Ninety-Two Million, One Hundred and Twenty-One Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira and Eighty-Nine Kobo) has been credited into the TSA account from various in-country sources.
“I particularly want to commend the sacrifice of some ordinary Nigerians typified by the donations as low as one Naira, which for us comes from the purest of hearts,” he said.