As part of its contribution towards fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Health Insurance Scheme has donated a consignment of Personal Protection Equipment to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
NHIS Executive Secretary, Prof Mohammed Sambo, who donated the items to the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Umar Abba Mohammed, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, reiterated the agency’s commitment to supporting the efforts of the Federal Government to protect all Nigerians from the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a statement by the Head, Media and Public Relations, NHIS, Ayo Osinlu, the NHIS boss also commended the strategies and initiatives deployed by the Federal Ministry of Health, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to protect lives and livelihood in the country.
He stressed that no effort must be spared to ensure the protection of persons providing essential services, saying this was responsible for “the prompt response of the NHIS to requests from the PTF on COVID-19 for assistance in the provision of personal protection equipment for officers of strategic agencies such as the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the EFCC.”
While noting that the Scheme had extended similar gesture to health care personnel in some states through their government, Sambo thanked the EFCC for its continued assistance in the recovery and return of NHIS’s trapped funds.
Speaking at the occasion, the National Coordinator of the PTF on COVID -19, Dr Sani Aliyu, expressed the concern that the pandemic had inflicted untold hardship on the social, economic and even security situations in the country. He, therefore, called for sustained push against the virus.
While commending the EFCC for its observance of safety protocols on its premises, he added, “The best vaccine against the virus for now is wear a mask, wash your hands, use hand sanitiser and observe social distancing.”
In his remarks, the acting EFCC chairman appreciated the gesture, while promising that the EFCC would continue to vigorously pursue fund recovery for the Scheme.
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