NCDC donates Infectious Disease Centre, molecular lab to Taraba
Written by MaryGift Sunday on February 9, 2021
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has established and equipped an Infectious Disease Care Centre (DCC) and molecular laboratory at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Jalingo, Taraba State.
Noting that this is in line with its mandate to support states in strengthening health security, a statement by the agency in Abuja revealed the establishment of the treatment centre and the laboratory is the result of the strong collaboration between the Federal and State Governments.
It said: “This was commissioned on the 5th of February 2021 by Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora. A handover was done to the State Ministry of Health and FMC Jalingo, which are expected to provide leadership and coordination for the use of these resources.
“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, several states in Nigeria had limited capacity for the management and detection of infectious diseases.
“In response to this, NCDC has been supporting states in establishing treatment centres and molecular laboratories. In the last eight months, four IDCC have been commissioned across states.
“Handing over the newly built treatment centre to FMC Jalingo, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, commended the efforts of NCDC and the management of FMC Jalingo for their determination to see these projects to fruition.”
Mamora was quoted to have said: “I must start by thanking Mr President for his commitment. At the onset of the pandemic, Nigeria had just four molecular laboratories to test for the virus, we now have almost 120 laboratories across the government and private facilities.
“COVID-19 is not sparing. It has devastated the lives and livelihood of so many. We are building these structures so that we are better prepared for future outbreaks and the next pandemic.”
Chairman of the FMC Management Board, Barr Okey Ezea, assured the State Government of the Centre’s commitment to delivering quality health care to the citizens of Taraba.
“Having an Isolation and Infectious Diseases Treatment Centre within this hospital had for a long time been our dream. The dream is now a reality.
“The coming of these facilities is well-timed and will go a long way in the effective management and treatment of infectious disease cases in the state during epidemics, such as Lassa fever and COVID-19,” he said.
NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said: “We are committed to building functional and sustainable structures that will strengthen our national health security, now and for the future.
“This pandemic has challenged us greatly but has also provided us with clarity on what we need to do to secure our future. History will not judge us kindly if we fail to act and act appropriately.”