FMC Set Up Oxygen Plant in Nasarawa

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set up oxygen plant

The new Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Keffi, in Nasarawa State, Dr Yahaya Baba Adamu, has successfully set up oxygen plant to address the emergency cases and to boost the health need of its patients.

READ ALSO: Stop Consuming Non-Iodine Salt — NAFDAC

This is even as the state government has donated 28.8 hectares of land for developing a permanent site for the medical centre in the state.

 The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Centre, Dr Yahaya Baba Adamu, disclosed this in Keffi when he received in audience some Journalists who were on familiarity and assessment visit to the medical centre in Keffi Tuesday.

Dr Adamu said the reason why they set up an oxygen plant is to reduce the hardship faced by the patients with critical health challenges and required oxygen.

Adamu who announced a donation of 28.8 hectares of land by the state government for the building of the permanent site for effective healthcare services, said the former governor, Sen. Tanko Al-Makura graciously approved their request and gave the centre 23.8 hectares of land in Keffi for the building of the hospital permanent site.

The medical director also denounced the misconceptions that the management of the centre increased delivery charges from N30, 000 to N60, 000 stating that rather such charges have been slashed to N5, 000.

 “We did not increase any charges as being speculated by the public, we urge the public to disregard such reports in its entirety,” he said.

 Adamu also identified inadequate budgetary provision, staff accommodation, and limited operation rooms among others as some of the challenges facing the centre.

 He appreciated the Federal Government for its prompt attention to the centre while calling for more funding in that direction.

 The medical director restated his commitment to continue to initiate good policies and programmes that will have a direct bearing on the lives of patients and staff at large.

While appreciating the journalists for the visit, the CMD seeks an effective synergy with the medical centre for the overall development of the country.

Adamu also urged the media to always ensure accurate and balanced reportage in order not to mislead the public on the happenings of the centre while describing journalists as a mirror of the society.

“There is no way that we will work effectively and successfully without carrying you along. We will remain friendly and maintain that relationship with the media.

Earlier, the leader of the fact-finding journalists, Mr Ibrahim Hamza, said that the visit was to familiarise the media with the new CMD and to seek for the centre’s synergy.

He also assured of their readiness to give the centre accurate and balanced reportage at all the time.




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Kebbi Commited to Developing Health Indices of Women, Children

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The Executive Secretary of Kebbi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Abubakar Kaoje says the state government is pledged to developing health indices of women and children in the state. 

READ ALSO: Nigeria to hosts first African congress On Sickle Cell Disease

He said in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday, that the state government would continue to adopt best practices to meet the health and nutritional needs of women and children across the state.

According to him, the Kebbi State Government is doing the best it can in terms of providing the needed financial resources to improve services in health facilities, particularly in rural areas.

 “We have a lot of technical and financial support from the European Union, UNICEF, World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United States Agency for Internal Development and National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“Others are Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result and other relevant stakeholders, who have been supporting us in developing health indices of women and children.

“The various interventions by the development partners are helping to reverse the disturbing indices that bother on quality healthcare services, immunization, antenatal and postnatal care, nutrition, HIV and neonatal care among others,” he said.

The Executive Secretary said that pregnant women in the state were being given N14,000 as an encouragement to attend antenatal care, deliver in the hospital, immunize and provide adequate nutrition to their children after delivery.

He explained that the gesture was under the state’s social protection programme design, to provide the needed support for families to provide proper care for their children.

“As expected, these among several other interventions have significantly improved immunization coverage, ante-natal and postal natal care attendance, and positive behavioural changes on infant and young child feeding and child protection issues among others.

“This is greatly changing the health and nutrition indices of our women and children with an impressive decline in maternal, infant and child mortality due to improved access to health care,” he added.

 The Secretary stressed that the state government has been providing the needed counterpart funding for various intervention by development partners and would continue to do so to sustain such interventions.

 “This is because the government is interested in the health care of the people, as our women and children health indices are not where they ought to be,” Kaoje said.


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Nigeria to hosts first African congress On Sickle Cell Disease

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Sickle Cell Disease

The Doctor Sickle Cell Centre For Sickle Cell Disease in association with Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation has concluded plans to hold intervention programs for sickle cell disorder in Africa.

READ ALSO: Resident Doctors Calls for Improved Healthcare Facilities in South East

Speaking ahead of the African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease, ACSCD slated for 31 October to 2nd November in Lagos, ACSCD Co-chair Dr. David Ajaere said that the program seek to address the challenges of the disorder and foster possible solutions to its effect as a public health burden.

He explained that the conference will also facilitate exchange of information among public health experts, medical professionals, researchers, policy-makers, key stakeholders to highlight challenges and opportunities and enhance strategies to control Sickle Cell Disease in Africa.

The event which is being organised with the support of a host of sickle cell organisations across Africa and the world will hold from October 31 to November 2 at Landmark Center, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Ajaere pointed out that Key stakeholders and Organizations expected at the Congress include; The Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Services(LSBTS), World Health Organization(WHO Africa), amongst other Non-governmental and corporate organizations, Multilateral donor agencies and institutions, health researchers, civil society organizations, and the academic community.

 “Eminent dignitaries who are expected to attend the event include Honorable OsagieEhanire, Minister of Health Nigeria, Dr. MatshidisoMoeti, Director – WHO Africa, His Majesty, Ronald MuwendaMutebill – The Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom, Uganda, Honorable Dr.ChitaluChilufya MP, Minister of Health Zambia, Honorable KwakuAgyaman, Minister of HealthGhana,Honorable Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health Uganda, Dr. Randal Mills, CEO – National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match, USA and H.E (Mrs.) ToyinSaraki, Founder – Wellbeing Foundation Africa. ACSCD International Affairs Coordinator, Amb.

Eddie Resphanto said that because of the magnitude of the event, opportunities abound for those who want to be a sponsor, exhibitor, a Speaker or partner which also includes non-governmental and corporate organizations.


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Sanwo-Olu Recapitulates Dedication To Universal Health Coverage

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Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Wife of the Lagos State Governor, has stated the dedication to Universal health coverage. She said that the government will not relent in improving the quality of health care in Lagos and achieving universal health coverage in line with Governor Sanwo-Olu’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.

READ ALSO: Stop Consuming Non-Iodine Salt — NAFDAC

Dr. Sanwo-Olu who stated this while flagging-off a free health initiative sponsored by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation tagged; ‘100 in 100 surgical intervention programme’ noted that she is pleased to be part of the free surgical initiative.

She added that the surgical intervention programme like all other health initiatives the present administration has embarked on proved to show the dedication Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration to ‘Walk the Talk’ in revamping, rejuvenating and repositioning the health sector in Lagos State for quality services.

“Today, we are flagging off free surgical interventions for 100 residents with Lipomas, Breast Lumps, Hernia and Fibroid, with additional Free Consultation and Free Dental Check. In view of the large turnout during screening, additional 50 surgeries have been added, making it a total of 150 free surgeries to be carried out through this Medical Mission”, the Wife of the Governor said.

She explained that the second pillar of the developmental agenda for a greater Lagos promised by Governor Sanwo-Olu as espoused in his T.H.E.M.E.S agenda speaks to provision of affordable qualitative health care and equally ensure healthy, livable and sustainable environment.

 Dr. Sanwo-Olu while commending the Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation (BOF) for coming up with this initiative noted that any medical intervention aimed at addressing any health condition and ameliorating the suffering of citizens especially the poor and the vulnerable should be appreciated.

“I understand the free medical mission in Lagos by the Foundation is part of the National Program to conduct 1000 free surgeries across Nigeria. I say kudos and urge other organizations to emulate this laudable gesture by partnering with government to improve on the health indices in the State. I therefore commend all the Medical Personnel and officials that worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this Free Medical Mission”, She said.

 The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves stated that the surgical intervention demonstrates the commitment of the State government to collaborate with well-meaning individuals and organizations to increase access to quality health services in furtherance of the State government’s quest to achieve universal health coverage.

 “The Lagos State Ministry of Health collaborated with the Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation to carry out this a surgical outreach which commenced on Monday September 2, 2019 with medical screening and consultation as well as dental services such as scaling and polishing, dental extractions and health education. 150 people were however slated for surgeries after conclusion of medical examination and screening”.

The Executive Director of BOF, Dr. Benjamin Olowojebutu while speaking stated 51 surgeries have been carried out. He explained that during the first day of the surgical intervention, five fibroids, 33 lipoma and 13 breast lump removals were done.

Olowojebutu noted that his medical team in collaboration with medical staff at the Ijede General Hospital will complete the surgical intervention for other patients on the surgery list by Friday 20th September, 2019 while follow up will be done at routine clinic of the hospital.

 He expressed delight at collaborating with the State government stressing that this is the first medical outreach his foundation will hold in collaboration with any State government in the course of the foundation’s mission.

 “We are grateful to the Lagos State government ably led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for this intervention and we will continually be open to more of this kind of collaborations focused on the indigent folks in the State”, Olowojebutu said.  






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Stop Consuming Non-Iodine Salt — NAFDAC

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consuming non-iodine salt

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians to stop consuming non-iodine salt, saying “it is dangerous to human health.”

READ ALSO: Resident Doctors Calls for Improved Healthcare Facilities in South East

Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, the Director of Public Affairs of the agency gave the advice in an interview with NAN in Abuja on Tuesday.

The director spoke while responding to the rumour that people in the rural communities were still consuming non-iodine salt, which was not processed.

He said that the consumption of such local salt could lead to goiter and other dangerous diseases to human health and called on Nigerians to do away with the product.

 According to the director, there are four areas in Nigeria where traditional salt is still being traded, particularly in Nasarawa state.

“NAFDAC is making an effort to stop the trading of this salt in these states but some of them have refused.

“With the creation of NAFDAC in 1993, that was the first time and there was still major work to be done on salt consumption.

“We have organized a sensitization workshop on universal salt iodination.

“We have been educating Nigerians that we should not be consuming this local salt because it is not iodine.

“NAFDAC began a programme in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Funds (UNICEF), Micro Nutrient Initiative, Global Alliance and other development partners on the issue.

“We flag-off a campaign against that and it was held in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, in 2004 under late Professor Dora Akunyili as the Director-General of the agency.

According to Jimoh, based on the work NAFDAC did then, Nigeria was declared universal salt iodization compliance in Turkey and also won numerous awards in that regards.

 “Nasarawa is one of the identified four major endemic areas, they have insisted that it is their traditional source of making a livelihood, it is commerce for them.

“They have told NAFDAC as at that time that if they must leave the trade, what they will be trading on must be provided for them,” the director disclosed.

 He, however, called on those who are still trading and consuming non-iodine salt in Nasarawa to stop it, adding that such an act was capable of bringing setback to the country.

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THE FG NEEDS COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INTERVENTION

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The Stakeholders in the health sector on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to implement a comprehensive health intervention that would address all cases of communicable and non-communicable diseases in the country, rather than focus on a selected few.

READ ALSO: 2020 Budget: Gov. Bagudu Vows to Tackle Cancer Disease

They also urged the  government to identify and place the 1.9 million Nigerians estimated to be living with HIV on treatment in order to end to the disease in the country.

The stakeholders acting under the aegis of Nigerian Implementation acting Science, stated this these in Abuja during the 2019 NISA Conference and fifth anniversary, saying that every disease entity were crucial to be tackled

 Dr. Patrick Dakum, The Chief Executive of NISA told journalists that a key objective of the conference was to ensure an increase in low uptake of health service outcomes in the country, in collaboration with the public and private sectors.

Dakum, who co-chaired the conference said NCDs should also be tackled head on.

He said, “You go to a particular place, they are doing very well in medicine and immunisation. If you go to a particular place, they are also doing very well in HIV. So the prevention and the treatment is known, but the uptake of the service is low. The question is why?

“So, implementing partners with public and private sectors and communities are looking at how to increase the uptake of health services. The essence of this is how do we ensure that the uptake of services is optimal.

“The NCDs are a concern and in this era of implementation science, we are looking at NCDs too and how to ensure that implementation is very apt. This disease entities are very crucial. There are several programmes that address them, but definitely a comprehensive health intervention is what we need in this country.”

 Prof Echezona Ezeanolue,  The NISA Board chairlisted its contributions to include provision of training and support for the implementation workforce to enable them develop, refine ideas, seek for funding and implement the ideas.

He stressed the need to identify and place on treatment, the 1.9 million Nigerians currently estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in the country, in order to put an end to its transmission.

Ezeanolue said the huge amount of $100million which was used for the Nigerian HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey would be wasted, if the persons said to be living with HIV were not identified and placed on prompt treatment.

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Resident Doctors Calls for Improved Healthcare Facilities in South East

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improved healthcare Facilities

The Southeast Caucus of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called for improved healthcare Facilities in the South-East region.

The Southeast Caucus of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called for improved healthcare Facilities in the South-East region.

The Leader of the caucus, Dr. Chikezie Obasi, made this known at a news conference at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, on Sunday.

Obasi said that the decline in the quality of healthcare services rendered by state-owned university teaching hospitals with the poor welfare of healthcare workers was a cause for concern.

According to him, the current situation has led to the continued resignation of many doctors and health workers, as well as jeopardizing the vital training of undergraduate and postgraduate doctors.

He said that adequate infrastructure, staff strength and prompt payment of salaries were vital in ensuring that a health institution would function efficiently.

 Obasi said that the inability of the state governments in the region to tackle the problem of poor infrastructure and welfare of health workers was detrimental to the achievement of efficient and quality healthcare services.

He said that the provision of healthcare should not be viewed as a profit-making venture but as the right of the citizens and the fundamental duty of the state governments.

“We request that Abia Government effect immediate payment of the outstanding 13 months’ salary owed our members and ensure timely payment of salaries. And necessary renovation as well as upgrade of facilities at ABSUTH Aba to bring back the lost glory of the institution.

 “We support ongoing industrial action at IMSUTH and urge Imo Government to quickly implement the agreement reached with our members to restore normalcy.

“We urge the Anambra Government to urgently implement the promises made to our members in Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital to avert industrial action,” Obasi said.

He called for the complete implementation of full consolidated medical salary structure for resident doctors in Enugu State University Teaching Hospital.

Obasi also urged the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, to commence full regularization and proper remuneration of recently reinstated resident doctors in the hospital.

Besides, he appealed to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to initiate and actively implement programmes that would boost the provision of good quality healthcare services in the 36 states of the federation. Obasi expressed dismay over the numerous cases of the kidnap of doctors and called on relevant agencies to expedite action in promoting the security and safety of doctors.








in the South-East region.

The Leader of the caucus, Dr. Chikezie Obasi, made this known at a news conference at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, on Sunday. READ ALSO: Lagos Starts Free Health Care Delivery Service for Children

Obasi said that the decline in the quality of healthcare services rendered by state-owned university teaching hospitals with the poor welfare of healthcare workers was a cause for concern.

According to him, the current situation has led to the continued resignation of many doctors and health workers, as well as jeopardizing the vital training of undergraduate and postgraduate doctors.

He said that adequate infrastructure, staff strength and prompt payment of salaries were vital in ensuring that a health institution would function efficiently.

 Obasi said that the inability of the state governments in the region to tackle the problem of poor infrastructure and welfare of health workers was detrimental to the achievement of efficient and quality healthcare services.

He said that the provision of improved healthcare facilities should not be viewed as a profit-making venture but as the right of the citizens and the fundamental duty of the state governments.

“We request that Abia Government effect immediate payment of the outstanding 13 months’ salary owed our members and ensure timely payment of salaries. And necessary renovation as well as upgrade of facilities at ABSUTH Aba to bring back the lost glory of the institution.

 “We support ongoing industrial action at IMSUTH and urge Imo Government to quickly implement the agreement reached with our members to restore normalcy.

“We urge the Anambra Government to urgently implement the promises made to our members in Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital to avert industrial action,” Obasi said.

He called for the complete implementation of full consolidated medical salary structure for resident doctors in Enugu State University Teaching Hospital.

Obasi also urged the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, to commence full regularization and proper remuneration of recently reinstated resident doctors in the hospital.

Besides, he appealed to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to initiate and actively implement programmes that would boost the provision of good quality healthcare services in the 36 states of the federation. Obasi expressed dismay over the numerous cases of the kidnap of doctors and called on relevant agencies to expedite action in promoting the security and safety of doctors.








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2020 Budget: Gov. Bagudu Vows to Tackle Cancer Disease

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tackle cancer

 Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu has pledged to make provision in the 2020 budget to tackle cancer diseases and increase more awareness on preventive measures against the scourge in the state.

Bagudu affirmed this when members of the Roche Products Nigeria visited him in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

READ ALSO: NAIP Urges FG to Set Up Pharmaceutical Industrial Hubs

“My administration will make provision in the 2020 budget to take tackle cancer disease and other health-related issues.

“The aim is not only to cure the diseases but also to create awareness among the people on the dangers of cancer and early identification of the scourge,” he said.

Bagudu acknowledged the contribution of Medicaid Foundation to healthcare, adding that the foundation had been engaging in awareness and public enlightenment on the danger of cancer and its prevention.

“The government will set-up cancer steering committee in the state, to be headed by Dr Zainab Bagudu, the founder of the Medicaid cancer foundation, along with eminent experts as members.

 “My administration will sustain the promotion of good healthcare services, accessible and affordable to the people of the state as we have entered into a collaboration with the European Union and UNICEF,’’

He said the agreement with the foreign bodies aimed at providing at least one Primary Healthcare Centre in each of the 225 wards in the state to enable people to have access to healthcare services.

The governor also advised the guests to come out with a training programme on scientific conference and laboratory by bringing knowledgeable personalities to conduct intellectual training for doctors, nurses and other health personnel.

Earlier, the wife of the governor and founder Medicaid cancer foundation, Dr Zainab Bagudu, said the visit aimed at signing a tripartite agreement with the state government and the foundations.

“This is also aimed at training of health officials in order to enhance public enlightenment to people and proper awareness to women with cancer cases.

“I am happy about the support and commitment of the state government to the provision of healthcare delivery to the people.

 “We thank you for your various health intervention programmes in the state,” she said. The representative of Roche Products Nigeria, Dr Oladipo Hameed, said the organization was internationally recognized in most advanced countries in the world including the UK, U.S and Germany.

 “We request the state government to ensure the fund is made available for the treatment of cancer in the state and fast track the endorsement of the MoU to enable the company further mobilize to the state.  

“We are fully prepared to expand the cure for cancer, especially breast cancer to up to 100 patients as soon as we commence operation,” he said. Hameed urged the government to ensure the inauguration of the state committee immediately to begin the work.


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Edo SACA Starts Free HIV/AIDS Testing, Counselling

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free HIV/AIDS testing

In a bid to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS, Edo State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDs (Edo SACA) has started free HIV/AIDS testing and counselling.

READ ALSO: DICOMAG tasks Ehanire to Prioritize Diabetes Control

The Edo State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDs (Edo SACA) has commended Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for his sustained support to the agency’s fight against HIV/AIDs scourge in the state.

The Executive Director of the Agency, Mrs. Flora Oyakhilome, gave the commendation in Benin City, at the commencement of the 2nd round of the HIV/AIDs Counselling and Testing Services.

She expressed appreciation to Governor Godwin Obaseki; Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq. as well the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, for the timely release of funds to facilitate the project.

 According to her, the gesture has enabled the record-setting 60 per cent upfront Mobilisation of all the Counsellors /Testers, Supervisors, Monitors, Data Officers and other officials that have been carefully selected for the implementation of the exercise.

She admonished everyone involved in the project to put in their best to ensure a successful exercise as this is the only way to justify the confidence reposed in them.

Mrs. Oyakhilome urged for continued support to make the exercise hitch-free while also expressing optimism that the success of the 6- month programme can motivate the state government to replicate it in Edo Central and Edo North Senatorial Districts.

One of the counselor/Testers, Mrs. Sherifat Shaka, assured that they will leave no stone unturned in delivering on the mandate given to them.

She noted that the nine free HIV/AIDs Testing Centres/ Locations which have since commenced operations include: Ring Road by Urhokpota Hall; Ikpoba Hill by Ramat Park; Ologbosere Primary School Gate by Ugbekun; Santana Market; Evbuotubu by the Town Hall; New Benin Market; Ekiosa Market; Oluku by PEC Filling Station and Edo SACA Office by Aideyan, Off Ihama Road, G.R.A. Benin City.


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Invest in Disease Prevention: NCDC Urges State Government

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nvest in disease prevention

The Director-General of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has urged state governments to invest in disease prevention, detection and control.

READ ALSO: Federal Government to Ameliorate The 22 teaching hospitals – ICRC

Ihekweazu, made the call on Friday the sidelines of the 62nd National Council on Health (NCH) Meeting, in Asaba.

The theme of the meeting is ‘’ Consolidating the Journey Toward Achieving Universal Health Coverage’’.

 ”There is an urgent need for state governments to devote more resources to support disease outbreak investigations, through the purchase of vehicles and engagement of more human resources.

”The provision of such would enhance the effective management of sub-national health security and medical supplies, which the Federal government could support,” he said.

The NCDC chief said that with the nation’s current population density, tropical climate, high level of movement and migration, Nigeria was at a high risk of disease outbreaks.

Ihekweazu said that NCDC had evolved a project to support each state with a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, aimed at improving coordination of outbreak response in the country.

He added that NCDC had also deployed Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System for digital surveillance, and training of state epidemiologists.

The director-general also said that the centre will strengthen the capacities of states for outbreak preparedness and response through the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers.

“We have no choice but to improve our level of preparedness and capacity to respond to disease outbreaks,” he said.



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