On Saturday, a delegation from the African Union was in Nigeria and concluded on making Nigeria one of the host countries for the Centre for Disease Control, CDC. The delegation which was led by Mr Olawale Maiyegun, was quite impressed after seeing the health structures and facilities in the country.
He reportedly spoke with reporters from Premium Times and he said, “We are satisfied with our findings that Nigeria can be able to take on the triple responsibility of running the Nigeria-CDC, the Regional-CDC and African-CDC”, said Maiyegun, a Director in charge of Social Affairs AU Commission.
“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, provided the impetus and the Heads of States and governments of the AU together with the executive council decided to fast track the establishment of the African-CDC.
Unlike other four African Countries hosting the sub-regional CDC centers, Mr. Maiyegun said the CDC facility in Nigeria could function as a centre with triple obligations: for Nigeria, as a regional hub and as Africa’s CDC coordination centre.
Nigeria’s hosting of the Centre for Disease Control cannot be unconnected with Nigeria’s strides in the Health sector. The west African nation have recorded success in curtailing the spread of the LASSA fever, while also stopping the deadly Ebola virus. The country also recorded success in stopping the Polio Virus. The country also hopes to consolidate on these successes.