Nigerian govt. moves to legalise Centre for Disease Control

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved a draft bill for the provision of legal framework for the Centre for Disease Control And Prevention in the country.

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole who joined Information Minister Lai Mohammed to brief State House correspondents after the meeting said that the approval is in recognition of the centre’s performance in combating the outbreak of diseases in the country.

Wednesday’s FEC meeting was the first to be presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari since his return from medical vacation in the UK.

According to Adewole, the council is pleased with what the centre for disease control has done since its establishment in 2012, in checking Ebola, Lassa fever and other diseases.

He said that the Ministry of Health is expected to work with the National Assembly to work on the draft bill and come up with an act of parliament to give the centre legal backing.

“At today’s FEC meeting we took a conscious decision to move the agenda of public health intervention forward.

“What is known internationally is that there always is an epidemic or another disease outbreak.

”But what we do not know is when and where it will happen and for most countries what we need to do is to get ourselves prepared for the next epidemic.

“As you might be aware, the National Council on Health’s meeting in Lagos in 2007 took a resolution to establish a Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

‘’The Centre became operational in 2012 and actually constituted a major force in combating Ebola and has been very operational in handling the issue of Lassa fever in different parts of the country.

“So, what we have done today is to provide the legal framework for this agency so that it can validly perform the role that is expected of such a front line intervention agency.’’

Also during Wednesday’s FEC meeting, approval was granted for the establishment of the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.

The council will be headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to assist the government in enhancing the performance of the industrial sector in the country.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelama said that membership of the council will comprise some ministers as well as members of the private sector in order to help to drive the economic recovery and growth plan of the present administration.

He said that it is the responsibility of government to provide the enabling environment for industries to thrive in partnership with the private sector, adding that the Industrial Council will provide the synergy for them to work together to achieve the objective.

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