ECOWAS Partners NCDC to Tackle Yellow Fever Outbreak

On 14/Dec/2018 / In Medical News

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to combat the present yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria.
Director, Public Health Department of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Bristo Carlos disclosed this yesterday during a meeting of the national coordinating institutions in Abuja.
He said that there is an existing global regulation for sample transportation but that the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) want to domesticate it to suit the present realities in West Africa through ECOWAS.
He said,  “ We need to adopt the existing global regulation to our own reality. At this meeting, the regulation is expected to be proposed and after that, we need to go to our authorities and show them the proposition done by technicians to approve it or not. The big issue of our region is to build common space.
“And if you want to build a common space you have to be safe in terms of epidemics. To do that, it is necessary to share information and help each other when we have an epidemic.”
Carlos said that WAHO intends to strengthen the capacity of the 15-member countries to improve response to the epidemic, adding “for instance if I want to use a laboratory in Ghana or any other ECOWAS country, I need to transport the sample to that country and you know it could be infectious. So, we need to strengthen the public relations and that needs a very strong health-agreed-regulation between our people on how to do it”.
He said the organisation also discussed with Nigeria on how to respond to an eventual outbreak of yellow fever at the beginning of the year.
“The stimulation exercise followed the implementation of several activities. This moment we are working with the Nigeria CDC on the prevention and treatment of the few cases Nigeria has now, “ he added.
Also speaking, Director General of WAHO, Prof Stanley Okolo said that there were about 12 regional reference laboratories in West Africa that needed to be co-hubed as they could not look at all multiplicity of diseases.
By Ojoma Akor
Daily Trust News

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