NCDC denies spending 1 billion naira on SMS

Nigeria’s disease control centre denied the news on Thursday, circulating that it had spent more than one billion naira on SMS.

“The headline claiming that NCDC has spent N1 billion on SMS to Nigerians is FALSE,” NCDC tweeted.
“While communication through SMS is a key part of our #COVID19 response strategy, this has been largely provided as in-kind support by @AirtelNigeria, @MTNNG, @GloWorld,” the health institute added.
The public health institute was however silent on how much it has spent so far.

The denial comes after a few news platforms claimed that the NCDC has spent one billion naira on short message service since the index case of coronavirus was reported in the country.

The NCDC has established another service to persuade Nigerians to stop the spread of the for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The centre also started the WhatsApp service at the end of last month.
He explained that the newly created platform allows collaboration together with WhatsApp, which will facilitate conversations between WhatsApp and people.

According to the NCDC, real-time messages are sent to Nigeria who joins the service, and they can also contact the centre directly.

On Wednesday, Nigeria registered 276 cases of coronavirus, Lagos had the highest number of cases with 145 cases, followed by Abuja with 54 cases. Forty-four patients were discharged, while six deaths from COVID-19 were registered.

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