The Federal Government is set to introduce a funding mechanism to cater for those suffering from Lassa Fever in the country.
The Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the healthcare fund was to ensure that money does not become a hindrance for patients in accessing treatment
“We are making plans through the Basic Primary Health Care Provision Fund, the new funding instituted by the Federal Government, to cover the cost of treatment of confirmed cases of Lassa fever patients.
“A process is ongoing on how to manage this and it is at the heart of discussion at all levels of government at the moment.
“The aim is to make sure that ability to pay is not a barrier to accessing the treatment for public health diseases such as Lassa fever”
Ihekweazu said efforts are being made to reduce the burden of treating patients,before the fund takes off.
Ihekweazu urged Nigerians to adopt all possible preventive measures against the deadly virus.