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Buhari signs NCDC bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the bill for an Act establishing the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control.
This new Act which establishes the NCDC as a full-fledged parastatal, also ensures that its valuable work is sustained and supported.
A statement from the NCDC commended President Buhari for signing the Bill, adding that it was a demonstration of Buhari’s commitment to national health security.
The statement signed by Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said that since its establishment in 2011, NCDC has demonstrated its capacity to protect the health of Nigerians by delivering on its core functions of preparedness, detection and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases.
The Chief Executive of the agency, said: “We are very grateful for Mr. President’s support in the passage of the Executive Bill. This Bill will provide Nigerians with an institute that has the capacity to ensure the country’s health security. We are also grateful to the Honourable Minister and Minister of State for Health for their support and the Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases led by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa.”
With the passage of the Bill establishing Nigeria’s national public health institute, the Federal Government of Nigeria has shown its commitment in ensuring Nigerians are well protected from the public health threat of global emerging infectious diseases.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was established in the year 2011 in response to the challenges of public health emergencies and to enhance Nigeria’s preparedness and response to epidemics through prevention, detection, and control of communicable diseases. Its core mandate is to detect, investigate, prevent and control diseases of national and international public health importance.

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