By Stanley Onyekwere
The Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo has commended the FCT Administration for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory
Making this point, Mulombo, who is the new WHO Country Representative for Nigeria, when he led a delegation of officials of the Organization on a courtesy visit to the FCTA on Tuesday.
He said: “When I arrived on the 19th of June, I was surprised by the organization I saw at the airport, the way I was received, the way I went through all the processes and where I stayed in quarantine for 14 days, it was so perfect. It was really something that was properly done. So, I wish to congratulate you on that one.
“COVID-19 is here to stay with us for some time until we find an effective vaccine. But until then, I Hon. Minister, you need to remain vigilant. The only tool here is non-pharmaceutical intervention. I’m happy to see that we are wearing face masks.
“Its very important that we continue to adhere to those principles of social distancing because the other tools are being experimented. So, we need to make sure that what we are seeing, the downward decline in cases actually translates the truth of what is going on in the communities.”
The WHO Country Representative also called for a collaboration between his organisation and the FCTA for the effective control of the disease and its effects both on the health and economic sides.
He also called on the FCT to continue to pave the way, so that its policies can be replicated in other states of the country.
In his remarks, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, while welcoming Dr. Mulombo noted that the FCTA has always enjoyed a very close working relationship with the WHO and wish him a successful tenure in Nigeria.
He said whatever successes the FCTA had achieved in the sector was also due to the collaborative efforts with the WHO and remarked that the priority of the FCTA in the health sector was the development of the Primary health care system.
He called on the WHO to assist in the areas of capacity building in ensuring that primary healthcare centers are self-sustaining with improved funding and better legislation.