25 April 2016
The Federal Ministry of Health along with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have commenced a process to strengthen community resilience against epidemics in country.
Sani Sidi Muhammad, the Director General of NEMA, disclosed this in Abuja when he received a delegation from the World Economic Forum. He said the move has become imperative in view of discovery that epidemics and diseases are leading causes of deaths in Nigeria.
He said “In realizing the inevitability of pandemic and the attendant grave consequences, we sought for the support of the United States of America (Africom) to develop the Nigeria National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan, Armed Forces of Nigeria Pandemic Contingency Plan and the Military Assistance to Civil Authorities (MACA).”
According to him, the epidemic support plans obtained with the assistance of the American authorities, which were unveiled and submitted to the Health Ministry in 2013 were capable of stimulating all relevant organs and the society against the outbreak of any epidemic. Of the Ebola epidemic that came after the support plans submitted and unveiled to the health ministry in 2013, he said “Nigeria achieved high degree of success in containing the pandemic partly because we did not start at a zero level. We knew it was a possibility, we had a plan that recognized the need for the society’s wide preparedness and action and that was exactly what we did.”