Health Minister Inaugurates Ebonyi’s N350m Lassa fever Centre
During the opening ceremony of the centre,
the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was in the company of his Agriculture counterpart, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, disclosed this in Abakaliki, Yesterday, that The N350million Lassa Fever Virology Diagnostic and Treatment Centre built by the Ebonyi State Government, has been inaugurated, and said he was excited that a state government could embark on such a life-saving centre without any prompting by the federal government. He also said the federal government would run the facility in partnership with the state to ensure its success, adding that the centre would be converted to South-east Diagnostic and Treatment centre, and “I am actually short of words; I am yet to recover from shock over this giant stride. This actually surpasses my expectations and I must say clearly that we should see this as a partnership. “Let me say clearly, Your Excellency that we will make this hospital functional. We stated in January that we want to build six virology centres in the country and the budget processes were made and was signed by the president in May. “This will be the centre for South-east. We need to partner the CMD of the FETHA and your state Ministry of Health. We should use the N350million you asked us to refund for the procurement of more equipment for the centre.”
The minister hailed the governor’s commitment to the health sector, saying he is a star model in the country. had to deal with the disease before, saying that Africa is experiencing a surge in dam construction so as to generate electricity, irrigate crops and store water for fast-growing populations. Dams should be designed and managed to minimize the breeding of mosquitoes, such as periodically drying out shoreline areas or introducing fish that eat mosquito larva in reservoirs, said the study.