Agency slams fake news on malaria loan

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has distanced itself from a reported face-off with the National Assembly over a foreign loan to fight malaria infection in the country.

The agency, in a statement by its Head, Public Relations, Muhammad Ohitoto described the views credited to its Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib as unfounded and baseless.

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“The attention of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has been drawn to an online publication quoting the ED/CEO NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib of advocating for a $200 million loan for the importation and local production of mosquito nets in the country.

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“This is to inform Nigerians that this statement is not only untrue, it is a figment of the imagination of the writer as the CEO never discussed the malaria programme nor granted any interview on the malaria programme. 

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“It is pertinent to state that the Malaria programme is a responsibility of the National Malaria Elimination Programme (FMOH). Therefore, the Chief Executive has no reason whatsoever to discuss or advocate for funding for any intervention. This is outright fake news which should be disregarded by all well-meaning Nigerians,” the statement read.

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