14 May 2021 by Remi Johnson
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended the FCT Administration’s robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health challenges.
WHO’s Country representative for Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo who stated this when a delegation of the WHO paid FCTA a visit, described FCTA’s COVID 19 containment strategy as the best in Nigeria.
Dr Mulombo said Abuja having the highest testing rate and high vaccination rate was a clear evidence of its proactive measures.
Dr Mulumbo also commended the public private partnership of the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19 that established the Molecular diagnostic laboratory to facilirate easy access to testing for COVID 19 and other diseases.
The Country representative said WHO, is proud of FCTA’s achievement in this regard because its programmes “Really aligns with the UN Secretary General’s strategy for women, children and adolescent health 2016 – 2030, which is articulated around the survive, thrive and transform, building on enabling environment”.
He therefore called for improved funding for disease control programmes and primary health care at the State and Area Council levels in order to strengthen and improve immunization services in the communities.
Responding, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, who commended the WHO office in the FCT for its successes, also pledged the Administration’s support for it and other United Nations (UN) programmes within the Territory.
The Minister said emphasis would be placed on budgetary, support and counterpart funding in order to improve funding for WHO and other public health related programmes.
He however advised the WHO to continuously engage relevant private sector stakeholders and encourage private donors, within the country for improved funding of polio and other programmes.
The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Muhammed Kawu, the Coordinator, WHO FCT office, Dr Fureatu Zakari and other FCTA and WHO officials and two others who joined virtually from the WHO regional office.