NCDC Wants More Money to Fight Diseases
By Solomon Ndahi
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC is seeking more funding to address the ever increasing threats of epidemics that could affect the country.
Speaking on 95.1 Nigeria Info Fm Abuja’s “Midday Dialogue”, the Director General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, says the release of special funding only when there is a threat like the deadly Covid-19 is unsustainable.
He said it could reduce the country’s ability to curtail outbreaks when they occur.
“We don’t want intervention funds. We don’t want to be in a position where we are running to government when there’s an outbreak.
“We are asking for long term sustainable financing for our health security. That is the only way that we can really be protected. You don’t have an army and when there’s a war, you give them money”, Ihekweazu said.
On “Lassa Fever”, he said the centre and its partners are making progress in the creation of a vaccine that will tackle the fever. He however called for better hygienic practices from Nigerians. He said the disease will naturally be difficult to spread, if the environment is kept tidy.