After about seven years of existence, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) gets full legislative backing. Today, the Bill for an Act to establish the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has been signed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, giving the agency a full legal mandate to continue protecting the health of Nigerians.
The NCDC was established as a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health with the mandate to coordinate public health response to communicable diseases of public health significance, but it had never been backed with an Act of the Parliament until now.
This gives Nigeria a stronger footing for disease surveillance and outbreak investigation, reference laboratory services, and other public health interventions at a time when emergence and growing complexity of infectious diseases is a major public health concern.
Since its establishment in 2011, NCDC has demonstrated its capacity to protect the health of Nigerians by delivering on its core functions of preparedness, detection, and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases.
This puts the NCDC in a legal position to interface with the World Health Organization and other international organizations for the purposes of carrying out its responsibilities.
We are happy to observe this major milestone and hope that the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC will make the #NCDCBill public.
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