Its the turn of the public today at the country’s Senate to defend why there must be a regulatory law governing the operations of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Tagged “NCDC the Legislative Mandate”, the bill seeks to provide the legal backing required to fully operationalise the mandate of the NCDC in protecting the health of all Nigerians particularly in preventing outbreaks of diseases as well as curtailing and controlling spread of diseases when these occur.
Nigerians have been enjoined to massively turn out at the red chambers by noon when the Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases will commence public hearing on why government must find such a huge project on Health.
Many tweets have been going round on why Nigerians should participate in the historic event.
One of such is by an epidemiologist, Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor who wrote: “The impact of Ebola crisis on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has been estimated at $2.8bn ($600m for Guinea, $300m for Liberia and $1. 9bn for Sierra Leone). Imagine what it would have been if Nigeria had massive Ebola outbreak “,noted Nsofor.
The chief executive of the centre, Chikwe Ihekweazu tweeted, “The increasing occurrence of infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and other public health threat in Nigeria further emphasises the strong need of a legal backing for NCDC”.
Ihekweazu added, “The passage of the Bill will strengthen our capacity to protect the health of all Nigerians “.
The public hearing on the Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Contro (NCDC) l and for Matters connected therewith 2017 is scheduled to hold at the Conference Room 022 at the Senate Wing of New Building, National Assembly, Abuja.