Director General, NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa briefing journalists shortly after his engagement with the Bauchi State Ministry of Health and Primary Health Care Development Agency. Photo: Murtala Muhammad
By Murtala Muhammad
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) assures Bauchi State government of its readiness to offer any kind of support to combat Lassa fever, Diphtheria and other emerging diseases.
The Director General of NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa gave the assurance when he led a delegation from the centre on an advocacy visit to the state.
He said the aim was to offer moral support to the state for the good work it was doing in responding to public health threats facing it.
Dr Adetifa noted that Bauchi like some other states in the country has been battling Diphtheria and now Lassa fever which occur seasonally.
According to him, the NCDC is mandated by law to lead efforts to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats, especially vaccine preventable and communicable diseases.
Speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Adamu Sambo represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Ali Babayo described the visit as apt in view of the numerous public health issues the state was facing.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman of the State’s Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed requested the NCDC to asses the Molecular Laboratory in the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi and see the possibility of granting approval for the conduct of Diphtheria testing to ease the long bureaucracy of taking samples to Abuja for confirmation or otherwise.
Dr Mohammed also said the state needs technical, equipment and consumables support for it to prepare towards confronting any health challenge.