Governors working with FG to control Lassa fever – NGF

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In order to control the spread of Lassa fever in the country and also prevent any case of the Coronavirus, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) said it is working with the Federal Ministry of health and other agencies of the Federal Government.

The Chairman of the forum and the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of the forum’s meeting in Abuja.

Fayemi said that the forum at the meeting received updates on Lassa fever epidemic and the coronavirus, killing people in China and it spreading to other parts of the world.

“The Forum received an update from the NGF Secretariat on Health priorities for year 2020, including the implementation of the Seattle Commitment signed by the Forum at a two-day High Level Roundtable on Primary Health Care and Human Capital Development convened in November 2019 (by Aliko Dangote and the Bill and Melinda Gates).

“On the Lassa fever, we recorded cases in one or two states, Ondo in the South West and Kano in the North.

“I believe all our states are taking precautionary measures to address this in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Centre for disease control (NCDC).

“We are working to ensure that this does not spread any further than they have at the moment,” Fayemi said.

He added that the forum also agreed to carry out immediate action on the implementation of the Seattle Declaration including the constitution of a multisectoral Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) implementation committee.

He said that governors also agreed to review the Primary Health Care performance in State Executive Council meetings quarterly, review of States‘ performance on the Abuja Commitment and organisation of advocacy meetings with traditional and religious leaders.

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