Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Lokoja has inaugurated a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) to aid swift rapid response to emergency public health situations in the state.
According to reports, the centre which is located within the premises of the state Ministry of Health in Lokoja was built in collaboration with the State Government.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of NCDC, said the construction of the centre is borne out of the need to address slow approaches to detection, prevention and responses to infectious diseases and disease outbreaks in the state.
Reports has it that the NCDC equipped the centre with an operational vehicle and modern equipment to assist health officials in responding to public health emergencies and disease outbreaks timely.
Dr Saka Haruna, the state Commissioner for Health, commended the NCDC for the gesture.
According to him, the centre will provide daily epidemic intelligence gathering and risk analysis of public health events.
“It will also help in identifying potential threats and enable timely and adequate responses to emergency health situations.
“The platform will also enable multi-partner alignments for support within a common response framework.
“This will ensure need-based deployment of resources among other essential response strategies and prevent duplication of efforts,’’ he said.
The commissioner who also recalled how the state had faced outbreak of diseases such has Lassa fever, yellow fever and cholera, assured that the centre will be put to good use as Kogi would remain a dependable partner in the fight against disease outbreaks.