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Nigeria Declared Af­rican CDC Regional Centre

by on March 17, 2016
 
The African Union (AU) has given the Nigeria Cen­tre for Disease Control (CDC) the clearance to host Af­rican CDC Regional Collaborat­ing Centre.
With this development, Nigeria has become the hub of research and disease surveillance in West Africa and a regional collaborat­ing centre for Africa.
This is the outcome of the find­ings of the African Union on site assessment of Nigeria CDC which was conducted by a team of ex­perts last weekend.
While briefing the media on the outcome of its findings, the head of the delegation who is also the Director of Social Affairs of the African Union Commis­sion (AUC), Ambassador Ola­wale Maiyegun, however, said that there are some gaps that needed to the filled.
One of the gaps, according to him, “is that it is not clear how the strong political commit­ment demonstrated by the feder­al government can be sustained. We want to see it being translat­ed into sustained funding for the Nigeria CDC.
“We are satisfied and we believe that Nigeria, while rectifying the gaps can full take up this respon­sibility. It is a triple responsibility being a Nigeria CDC, a regional CDC and as well as a collaborat­ing centre for the Africa CDC.”
He stressed that his team dur­ing its fact finding tour, discov­ered a very strong commitment on the part of the federal govern­ment of Nigeria and a legal frame­work which is being put together.
He, however, expressed opti­mism that such efforts as demon­strated by the government “will be made on the legal framework to reflect the regional dimension of the Nigeria CDC, which hence­forth will not only be the Nigeria CDC but a regional one for West Africa and a regional collaborat­ing centre for the Africa CDC. “
Maiyegun reiterated that: “We are happy to note that from what we have seen on ground that, in­deed, Nigeria CDC can take those responsibilities that is about to the entrusted to it.
“However, as we look at some of the strength that they are bring­ing to the table, we found out that they are bringing very strong hu­man resources, they have a very strong and powerful field epide­miological and laboratory train­ing which is a very huge asset that will help facilitate the fulfillment of the core capacity of the inter­national health regulation and we are very happy about this.
“As I said earlier, we note a very strong commitment of the federal government, but we hope that this commitment will be translated into proper funding and the fund­ing we are referring to here is gov­ernment continue to meet its obli­gation to the Nigeria CDC so that it can function, not just for Africa CDC because it is a commitment the Nigerian government has to the public health of Nigeria.

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