By Stanley Onyekwere
To enhance capacity for disease surveillance, the Public Health Department of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) in conjunction with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has commissioned the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the Territory.
Commissioning the centre, the HHSS Secretary, Barr. Amanda Pam said the facility will facilitate real time live reporting during disease outbreaks and other health emergencies, which will translate to prompt response.
The Secretary, who was represented by the General Manager FCT Hospital Management Board Dr. Aminu Muhammed Mai added that twenty two participant drawn from the Department of Public Health, Primary Health Care Board and World Health Organization are already undergoing five days training as directed by the National Center for Disease Control.
Pam commended the good working relationship between FCT and NCDC which as the result of these meetings held recently the two agencies come up with the idea of establishing the Isolation Centers in FCT.
She explained that the technical working group has already been formed with the involvement of all stakeholders.
Speaking earlier the Chief Executive Officer National Center for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said that the FCT Administration and the Centre strengthened their relationship in four different areas namely surveillance, emergency operation Center, treatment and health care as well as laboratory services.
He added that the FCT Administration and his organization are working seriously to ensure that the provision of State of Art facilities are provided for the benefit of FCT resident and Nigeria at large.
Chikwe further added that FCT is very strategic because it’s the entry point and the seat of government that is why NCDC decided to consider the project among the priority states just to be sure that we have the capacity here to protect the people residing and those coming into the country.
In his welcome address, the Director Public Health Department, Dr. Humphrey Okoroukwu said Public Health Emergency Operation Center was a huge success to the FCT, will facilitate real time live reporting of health emergencies all over the Territory.
This, Okoroukwu, will lead to prompt response and minimal casualty, while adding that a digital cameras to facilitate the process are already installed.
He thanked the FCT Administration under the leadership of Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and the National Center for Disease Control for ensuring that the project becomes a reality for the benefit of FCT residents.