The Federal Government is set to commence immediate payment of conditional cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country in order to mitigate the effects of the lockdown.
The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk who stated this while fielding questions from journalists at the Joint Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja also stated that the Ministry is sorting out modalities to ensure the continuity of the federal government's school feeding programme in spite of closure of schools around the country over coronavirus.
Also speaking, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire who confirmed that 5persons have been discharged from the Lagos Isolation center, noted that it takes about Four weeks for a patient to be discharged after repeatedly testing negative to the virus. He explained that a Patient who previously tested Negative after recovery doesn’t mean he cannot test positive again adding that the infection may not be from initial source/contact and more research are being done on these reinfections.
The Minister however discouraged people who want to undergo the test just to put their mind at ease and ensure necessary precautions. Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved recommendations on the measures to decongest the custodial centers or correctional facilities across the country to avoid the spread of the virus.