NCDC Calls For Establishment Of Public Health Laboratories Across Nigeria

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The National Center for Disease Control NCDC on Wednesday charged  state governments to establish Public Health Laboratory with tertiary or secondary health care services to enhance response to disease control.

The Chief Executive Officer and National Coordinator NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu made the call in Kano at 3rd Annual Disease Surveillance Review Meeting holding in Kano.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said the creation of such laboratories will be supported by  National Center For Disease Control so as to speed up investigation of diseases in other to improve healthy lives of the people.

He said the review meeting is aimed at sharing experience from states and exchanging ideas on the treatment and control such as how states were able to control Lassa fever , Ebola, Yellow fever  , monkey pox and CSM.

“Honestly I want to appreciate Kano state government which I want other states to emulate in terms of commitment to healthcare.  Kano state has being able to established its Emergency Operations Center in the needed place,” said Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.

In a remark, the Emir of Kano , Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II represented by the District Head of Ajingi Alhaji Wada Aliyu Gaya said the  importance the Emirate Council attaches to accessing healthcare services led to the establishment of Kano Emirate Council on Health which focuses on routine immunization , eradication of Child and maternal mortality.

On his part, Kano state Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje represented by his deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar said the state government is demonstrating commitment to healthcare services  with many health programs being under taking and the creation of Kano Health Trust Fund.

Kano state Commissioner for Health , Dr. Kabir Ibrahim Getso while appreciating the hosting right of the 3rd review meeting accorded Kano after Ibadan in Oyo state and that of Enugu for the 1st and 2nd review meetings will assist the state health care in tapping experience from other states in attending to health challenges .

The meeting is to disseminate, review and take responsibility for implementation of the recommendation of from the 2017 Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulation.

The Theme of the review meeting is Transforming Public Health Surveillance and Response: Priorities and Innovations

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