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Family planning: FG releases $1m for free contraceptives

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Federal Government has released $1 million for the delivery of contraceptives for the enhancement of quality family planning among Nigerians.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, on Wednesday.

According to the minister, procurement for the implementation of the plan, by a committee chaired by a director in the ministry, had equally been secured.

The minister said the ministry had submitted nine proposals which had equally been approved by the council since 2016.

According to him, following a presidential approval of the joint venture agreement between the federal government and May $ Baker for the production of local vaccines, a board had been constituted on January 19 to oversee the venture and consequently, Nigeria will begin to produce its vaccines within the next two years.

Disclosing that the government is fine-tuning arrangements for the enrollment of 320,000 members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) for National Health Insurance Scheme yearly, Adewole also said the bill seeking the establishment of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to help in tracking diseases has passed second reading in the National Assembly

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