NIGERIA Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will receive the sum of N8.5 Billion to enable it procure testing kits.
The Federal Executive Council at a meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari gave the approval on Wednesday.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, had presented a memorandum to the council which was approved.
The money will be used to procure 12 items in various quantities for the testing of COVID-19 in the country.
NCDC had on Tuesday, announced 423 fresh cases of the COVID-19 in the country.
The NCDC, made this known on its official twitter handle, stating that the country’s total tally was 47,290.
It said that Lagos, the country’s pandemic epicentre, witnessed 117 new cases followed by the FCT with 40 cases, while Ondo and Rivers states recorded 35 and 28 cases respectively.
Osun recorded 24 more cases, Benue, 21, Abia, 19, Ogun, 19, Ebonyi, 18, Delta and Kwara, 17 each while Kaduna and Anambra recorded 15 and 14 cases respectively.
Among other states with new cases were Ekiti, 11, Kano, 9, Imo, 6, Gombe, 4, Oyo, 3, Bauchi, 1, Edo 1 and Nasarawa, 1.