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COVID-19 shook foundations of health, economic, social stability – FG

The Federal Government has said that the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic shook the foundations of the nation’s health, economic and social stability. Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, who made this known at the inauguration and handing over of an infectious disease treatment centre to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Katsina State, said the government was however committed to strengthening sub-national health security capacity. He said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the foundations of our health, economic and social stability.

However, it has also led to mammoth efforts such as the establishment of this treatment centre. By building a standard centre where infectious disease treatment can be provided, we are bringing care closer to the people, and strengthening our capacity for future outbreaks.” The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the treatment centre, the fifth established in less than one year, was part of the agency’s support to strengthen states’ capacity to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. According to him, NCDC had been supporting all states across Nigeria in responding to the current pandemic and in strengthening preparedness for future outbreaks through the establishment of public health laboratories, public health emergency operations centres and treatment centres.

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