the new Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo has challenged Nigeria to be more vigilant in ensuring that covid19 is stamp out of the country. Mulombo while in a courtesy visit to the minister of the federal capital territory, Abuja, Muhammad Musa Bello during the week also commended the administration of the territory in their efforts to contain the virus despite all odds.
He said “COVID-19 is here to stay with us for some time until we find an effective vaccine. But until then, I Hon. Minister, you need to remain vigilant. The only tool here is non-pharmaceutical intervention. I’m happy to see that we are wearing face masks. It’s very important that we continue to adhere to those principles of social distancing because the other tools are being experimented. So, we need to make sure that what we are seeing, the downward decline in cases actually translates the truth of what is going on in the communities.”
While commending the FCTA for its role in the eradication of polio in Nigeria which he said has paved the way for the entire African continent being certified as polio free, he also pledged the support of the WHO to the FCTA in its efforts at ensuring that as many residents as possible are enrolled in the FCT Health Insurance Scheme. He said “we have your agenda as our preoccupation. Your priorities are our priorities. We want to continue to support the FCT until such a time that everybody benefits from universal health coverage”.
He also called on the FCT to continue to pave the way so that its policies can be replicated in other states of the country. The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, while welcoming Dr Mulombo as the new Country Director, said that the FCTA has always enjoyed a very close working relationship with the World Health Organisation and wished Dr Mulombo a successful tenure in Nigeria.
He said that whatever successes the FCTA had achieved in the sector was also due to the collaborative efforts with the WHO and remarked that the priority of the FCTA in the health sector was the development of the Primary health care system. He called on the WHO to assist in the areas of capacity building in ensuring that primary healthcare centers are self-sustaining with improved funding and better legislation.