The Federal Government has express its commitment to fulfil its earlier promise to establish the Regional Centre for Disease Control with headquarters in Nigeria.
In a press release signed by Mr Osundun Olajide, Assistant Director, Press and sent to Nigerian Pilot Sunday yesterday, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute, said this while declaring open the technical committee meeting of the West African Health Organisation, WAHO.
While charging the body with the responsibility of validating the working documents for establishment of the centre, noted that Nigeria is working hard to fulfil its promise.
Awute explained that the disease control and epidemic prevention are among the main concerns and priority of ECOWAS especially with the region’s experience of the deadly Ebola virus disease, EVD.
Awute said that this was as a result of the fulfilment of the agreement taken at the 16th Ordinary Assembly of Health Ministers on March 13, 2015 in Niamey to establish a Regional Centre for Disease Cocreation and d prevention in Nigeria.
The decision was ratified at the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of States and governments of ECOWAS held in May 19th, 2015 in Accra, Ghana.
According to the Perm Sec, other areas of importance he noted are the sub-region’s fragile health systems and the need to improve its capacity to improve prevention, diagnosis and epidemics control.
Director General of WAHO, Dr Xavier Crespin, appreciated the federal government’s guesture for hosting the meeting saying that the purpose of the technical committee meeting was to validate all documents pertaining to the creation and establishment of the ECOWAS centre for disease control.
Crespin hinted that the final document would be presented to the Assembly of Health Ministers for ratification next month in Datkar, Senegal.
He further thanked partners in the project including World Bank, WHO, USAID and CDC.

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