By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – In an effort toward planning for adequate healthcare, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, inaugurated the State Epidemic preparedness and Response Committee.
Speaking shortly after the inauguration, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Malam Shehu Usman Makarfi, explained that the committee is to develop and oversee the implementation of the State epidemic strategic and action plans.
According to him, the committee is structured after the National Epidemic Preparedness Committee which emphasizes a multi-sectoral approach.
He then called on members of the committee to work harder so as to achieve the desired result.
In his presentation, Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. Ado Zakari spoke on the activities in Epidemic preparedness and outbreak preparedness response support, explaining that preparedness is very important for immediate response to outbreaks.
He said Functional Epidemic preparedness Response/Rapid Response Team are required for immediate response to outbreak, stating that effective team communicate well and monitor the progress of the outbreak.
In his speech, the Kaduna State Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Dauda Madubu described the formation of the committee as timely, saying that “this is what we are waiting for, now that the committee have been inaugurated. I hope the members would remain functional”.
Members of the committee includes: Commissioner of Health, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Director Public Health, Director Hospital Services, representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and development partners WHO, UNICEF, Red Cross, among others.