Outgoing executive director of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Professor Abdusalamm Nasidi has expressed his confidence that the centre has the capacity to handle disease outbreak anywhere in Africa through disease detection, prevention and response.
Nasidi made this known yesterday in Abuja when he officially handed over notes for running the centre to his successor, Dr. Chikwu Ihekwazu, at the center.
He said, “When Ebola knocked on Nigeria’s doors, we already had an NCDC to knock that virus off from our country and the way it was done served as a classical example of how to do disease detection, prevention and response; and the whole world is acknowledging that, to the extent that many countries are coming to learn from us.
“We flew up to other countries to show that we can do it. NCDC and Mentech led Nigeria contingent and we made Nigeria proud. Today we have eight zonal laboratories, one national reference laboratory at Gadua; and in 100 days it will be delivered to the nation,” Nasidi said.
He further said that officially handing over the notes would guide his successor on what the centre is, what it does and what plans it is pursuing, adding that it would show him the vision, mission, a baseline and platform to use to take off.
Speaking on the NCDC project, the outgoing executive director disclosed that the centre was established to tackle the incessant outbreaks of epidemics and health emergencies in the country.
In response, the new NCDC boss, Dr. Ihekwazu urged the staff to be transparent in their duties, and promised to continue with the good works laid down by Professor Nasidi.

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