APC governors’ forum, Aregbesola seek health sector reforms, adherence to preventive measures
• EHORECON strengthens surveillance in N’Assembly, OSGF, federal secretariat
AS governments strive to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman, yesterday canvassed immediate reform of the country’s health sector.
In a statement titled: “Nigeria and COVID-19 Challenges: Public Policy Choices,” he expressed concern over the dearth of medical facilities in the country. Stressing the need for urgent investments in both the health and educational sectors of the country, he said it behooved the citizens to work with those entrusted with the leadership positions in the country to achieve the goal.
He described COVID-19 as a world leveler of the so-called developed or underdeveloped nations, rich or poor citizens, powerful or powerless citizens or ideological standpoints.
Also, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has advised management and staff of the ministry and its services to take adequate precaution against COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
In a memorandum titled, “Precaution Against Covid-19 Infection,” issued in his office in Abuja yesterday, Aregbesola insisted on strict adherence to the right medical advice to curtail the menace.
He pointed out that Fever, Nasal Congestion, Sore Throat, Diarrhea, Dry Cough, Aches and Pains were among the symptoms to watch out for and as handed down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other stakeholders, on how to contain the scourge.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Health Officer Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) has committed to strengthening surveillance at sensitive areas in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Registrar and Director, Education and Training of EHORECON, Dr. Yakubu Baba, said this at a sensitisation and awareness creation on how to prevent COVID-19 yesterday in Abuja.
Baba said the Minister of the Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, gave the directive to the environmental health workers to establish the environmental health surveillance in institutions risk.
He said EHORECON visited the National Assembly, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Head of Service (HoS) and Federal Secretariat, as the most sensitive areas in the FCT, adding that it had established the surveillance and screening desk in all departments of the ministry before the outbreak began.