Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) has urged state governments to invest massively in the prevention, detection and control diseases of public health importance in their communities.
The theme of the meeting is ‘’Consolidating The Journey Toward Achieving Universal Health Coverage’’.
”There is an urgent need for state governments to devote more resources to support disease outbreak investigations, through the purchase of vehicles and engagement of more human resources. The provision of such would enhance the effective management of sub-national health security and medical supplies, which the Federal government could support,” he said.
Ihekweazu said that NCDC had evolved a project to support each state with a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, aimed at improving coordination of outbreak response in the country. He added that NCDC had also deployed Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System for digital surveillance, and training of state epidemiologists.
“We have no choice but to improve our level of preparedness and capacity to respond to disease outbreaks,” he said.