NCDC bill makes progress in Senate

OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday, read for a second time “A bill for an act to provide for the establishment of the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and for matters connected therewith, 2017.”

Leading the debate on the bill, Senator Bala Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi) disclosed that the centre 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 and non-communicable diseases.

“Its core mandate is to detect, investigate, prevent and control diseases of national and international public health importance.

“The mission for the NCDC is to protect the health of Nigerians through evidence-based prevention, integrated disease surveillance and response activities, using a one health approach, guided by research and led by a skilled workforce.”

Speaking on the importance of the bill, he said: “what is important is for this Senate to give it (NCDC) legal backing that will put it in a legal position to interface with the World Health Organization and other international organizations for the purposes of carrying out its responsibilities.”

The bill which has 7 parts, 23 sections and supplementary provisions relating to the Board was then read for a second time and referred to the Senate Committee on Primary Health to report back in a month.

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