The Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that Nigeria needs N4 billion to tackle infectious diseases.
Ihekweazu said this at the launch of Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness and Response (A4EPR) in Lagos on Monday.
The NCDC chief noted that the agency was mandated with the task of enhancing the countrys preparedness and response to epidemics.
The NCDC boss, who stressed the need for urgent moves to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, said “Nigeria actually needs about N4 billion to combat infectious diseases. This does not mean that all the monies must come from government; the private sector has a role to play.
He said; “There is the need for financial assistance in critical segments of combating infectious diseases such as infrastructure and equipment which needs about N1.8 billion.
“The infrastructure and equipment are responsible for the machines and test variables while we also need response and logistics of about N700 million.
“In Emergency Stockpile, we need N600 million, for Technology and Innovation segment, we need N600 million, Capacity Development needs N200 million, while Advocacy and Community engagement will require N100 million.”
Ihekweazu added that “We are responsible for the prevention, detection and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
“The core mandate of the NCDC is to detect, investigate, prevent and control diseases of national and international public health importance.
“We played leading role in the response to the outbreak of Lassa fever, Cerebrospinal Meningitis Cholera, Yellow Fever and Monkey Pox.
“For now, we need to be deliberate in our actions because we are not sure of the next outbreak, so we need to have all the facilities intact and also get enough funding.”