Coronavirus: Betta Edu, Chairman of All Nigerian Health Commissioners, Wants NCDC, PTF To Reinforce The Response In States
Dr Betta Edu, the national chairman of all health commissioners in Nigeria, has called on the COVID19 Presidential Task Force and the National Center for Disease Control to provide more resources to states so that they can better cope with the ravages of the virus.
It should be recalled that both the PTF and NCDC had a meeting last week in Abuja, where both federal government agencies assessed efforts to tackle the ravages of the country’s second wave of coronavirus, and commended Cross River and other states for their successful efforts against the virus.
Dr. Edu, who is also the Commissioner for Health and Chairman of the Cross River State COVID19 Response Committee, spoke at the event, listing the challenges and efforts made by herself and her colleagues so far.
However, speaking in the interview with journalists on behalf of other health commissioners in Calabar, Edu stressed the need for the federal government to extend greater logistics to the affected states in order to revive heritage laboratories and isolation centers for victims of COVID19.
However, Edu thanked the PTF last year for its support for all states, noting that much more still needs to be done to reinforce the response in all states.
She stressed that even though they expected the arrival of the COVID vaccines this month, they needed the cold chain equipment.
Edu said she had held a meeting last week in Abuja with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, where she was impressed by the need for a greater response to Cross River and other states in the Federation that are facing such challenges in the national response to COVID-19.
In the face of the second wave of COVID-19, she said, the support needed by the affected states is an emergency, calling for urgent intervention by the PTF and NCDC leadership.
Dr Chikwe, the NCDC director general, noted last week that 85 percent of the equipment required to repair and equip the Cross River Reference Laboratory was purchased and will soon be deployed by these affected states.