The African Union has indicated interest in setting up a centre for African Centre for Disease Control in Nigeria.
This was disclosed at the weekend in Abuja by Amb. Dr. Olawale Maiyegun , Director of Social Affairs, Africa Union Centre, at a press briefing on a two-day visit of African Union On-Site Assessment of Nigeria, CDC to host African CDC, Regional collaborating centre in the country.
Maiyegun, leader of the team said, ‘’ We are happy to note that from what we have seen on ground, that indeed Nigeria CDC can take on those responsibilities that are about to be entrusted to it.’’
‘’ However, as we look at some of the strength that they are bringing to the table, we find that the human resources are very strong. They have very strong and powerful field epidemiological and collaborative training. It is a huge asset that will help or facilitate the fulfilment of core capacity of international health regulations. We are very happy about this’’, he said.
He explained that the project started in 2013 at the Heads of States and governments of the African Union at a special summit on HIV, TB and Malaria where they decided on the need for an African Centre for Disease Control that will conduct live-saving research that will also have capability of disease detection, surveillance and response.
Maiyegun said that Nigeria was nominated by West Africa as one of the five regions of the continent and other countries nominated by other regions of the continent include Central Africa has nominated Gabon; East Africa nominated Kenya; North Africa nominated Egypt; Southern Africa nominated Zambia.
He said that the mission of the visit in Nigeria was for an on-site assessment criteria is the rigorous criteria that has been put into the Africa CDC.
‘’We are supposed to go on on-sight visit, whether the institutions being put up by these countries meet the criteria contained in the Article 26 of the Africa CDC. The purpose of our mission therefore is to determine whether the Nigeria CDC, which also doubles as the Regional CDC for West Africa indeed meet those criteria that is contained in the statute. We are not comparing the countries with each other, we are evaluating and accessing them vis-à-vis the criteria contained in the statute.

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