Social media has been agog with the claim that the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) spent over N1 billion to send SMS to Nigerians on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, however the agency has described the news as false via Twitter.
“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 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 headline claiming that NCDC has spent N1 billion on SMS to Nigerians is FALSE
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 9, 2020
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