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Centre collaborates to train laboratory personnel, workers on Ebola control


Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole

Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole

In preparedness to any health emergencies, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to train laboratory officers of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on how to combat the Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD) in the future and other Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF).

Speaking at the training workshop in Abuja on Monday, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, expressed great pleasure, as the training will update the participants on the best practices on Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), the International Health Regulation (IHR) and other biosafety and biosecurity measures.
“This training is designed t strengthen the laboratory capacity of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and its zonal laboratories to rapidly diagnose and respond to outbreaks.”

The Minister reiterated that the main focus of his administration in the health sector is to strengthen the Primary Health Care (PHC), adding that the NCDC must work with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

He said: “The focus of this administration in the health sector shall be the PHC, strengthening, bringing affordable cost and I expect all other sector to key in to ensure the quality of services delivered at these centres.
“The NCDC must work in full collaboration with the NPHCDA to ensure effective surveillance at ward level and early disease detection and response to minimize our response time to health emergency and also enhance quality of the service.”

He commended the 204 volunteers sent to assist Liberia and Sierra Leone in combating the disease, adding that they all have returned without any disease contamination.

In his speech, the Chief Executive officer, NCDC, Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi, said that the centre was established to bridge the gaps in the health response activities and also to forestall incidences of communicable and non-communicable diseases within or outside the country.

According to Nasidi: “Our functions are to prevent, detect, investigate and control diseases of national and international public health importance, which includes emerging and re-emerging disease; to coordinate and network disease diagnostic activities by relevant laboratory services including World Health Organisation (WHO) standard reference laboratories in Nigeria.

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