By Usman Shuaibu
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has announced plans to establish its center in Bauchi state to manage outbreak of diseases.
The Director General of the Center Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu announced this when he received in audience, Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of the state who paid him advocacy visit at the Administrative Headquarters of the Centre in Abuja.
The Director General enjoined the state government to provide the required manpower in order to achieve the desired objectives.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said already the centre has declared its interest to support the Governor to ensure effective implementation of his health policies beneficial to the citizens of the state.
“ Your Excellency, even before your visit to us today, you have our commitment, let’s work together so as to ensure effective service delivery.
“ Human resources is one of the major challenges in the healthcare sector, I hope you will provide the required manpower. We will soon lay down our foundation in Bauchi state to manage outbreak of diseases.”
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said the centre is working in close collaboration with critical stakeholders to manage any outbreak of diseases across the country.
Earlier, Governor Bala Mohammed while describing as a welcome development, the resolve of center to establish its center in the state, pledged provide the necessary facilities for smooth take off.
“ Our visit to you is to appreciate you for your commitment towards reducing the infection of diseases in the country and to intimate you that we are ever ready to work with you for effective provision of healthcare services in the state.
The Governor said he is currently working on accessing alternative funding from relevant bodies through the support of Multilateral bodies and global organizations working in the state.
To achieve this, Governor Bala Mohammed said his administration will engage religious and community leaders to educate citizens on the preventive mechanism against infection with diseases.
“Because of the escalation of outbreak of Lassa fever in Bauchi State and the dead of one of the district Head due to the Lassa Fever and the infection with the diseases by some of medical personal I decided to cut up my official visit to Germany by coming to solicit the support of the Federal Governmen through the DG National Center for Disease Control and ED National primary health Care development agency.”