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US CDC, WHO assure continued support to N/East Nigeria

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… Babatunde Opalana 

The Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rebecca Martin, has said that the CDC and the World Health Organisation (WHO) is increasing their intervention efforts in insurgency-ravaged North-East Nigeria following the lead of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Addressing a press briefing via Teleconference from the Kigali, Rwanda venue of the first WHO African Health Forum on Wednesday, the Director said the WHO a while back declared a public health emergency in response to conditions produced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of the country. 

According to her, the CDC, as well as the U.S. government, have been providing support for responses as well and in addressing  these types of conditions, the infectious diseases that can occur stressing that there has been a meningitis outbreak occurring, there have been wild poliovirus that has been discovered, now over 12 months ago, but still making sure that children are vaccinated.

In addition, she said the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance with USAID has been working on the humanitarian response very closely with WHO as well. So there has been much effort and the importance of ensuring that Nigerian people, led by the Nigerian government, that the people are protected and are ensured that there are food and safety. On the commitment of the Trump administration to the idea of universal health care in Africa, Dr. Martin said with the global health security work,  and  funds from current mission, the US is ensuring to work  to keep people safe in Africa and abroad, and making sure that it can detect things and stop things rapidly before they become either regional or national or global outbreaks.

“ I can assure your our Secretary of Health, Secretary Price, before going to the World Health Assembly, made a visit to Liberia to see the reconstruction work after the Ebola outbreak there. He then went on to participate at the G20 Ministerial Health Meeting and then to the World Health Assembly in May. And in many public fora at different meetings where he was presenting, he talked about the importance and the value of the global health security work, which is part of what is in the efforts of making sure that populations are safe and have access to care, ensuring that no one becomes ill and that people are protected by the rights of their country.”, she said.

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