70 – 80% of NCDC funding from development partners – DG

The director general of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Jide Idris, Tuesday, said 70-80 per cent of funding by the organisation comes from development partners and not the federal government.

Speaking at a parley with media executives at the headquarters of NCDC in Abuja, Dr Idris said prevention of outbreak of diseases can be costly and more money should be allocated to health.

He said: “Health is an expensive venture and more money should be appropriated by legislators for prevention. People who appropriate money should understand this.

“We should not wait until there is outbreak of diseases before we vote money for health.”

Dr Idris said the core mandate of NCDC is to prevent, detect and respond to diseases of public health importance, develop and maintain a network of reference and specialised laboratories, lead Nigeria’s engagement with the global community on international health regulations ensuring both regional and global health security, conduct , collate synthesise and disseminate public health research to inform policy, coordinate surveillance to collect, analyse and interpret data on diseases of public health importance and support states in responding to small outbreak and lead the response to large disease outbreaks.

He stated that Ebola, meningitis, monkey pox, Covid- 19, Lassa fever, measles, polio re-emergence, cholera and diphtheria are the infectious disease outbreaks between 2014 and 2024.

The director general sought the support of the media to ensure health promotion and prevention.

He identified the role of the media to include informing the public about critical health issues, raise awareness about public health threats and educate the public on preventive measures.

He said partnership with the media is essential to ensure timely and accurate information during disease outbreak as the media can amplify public health messages and collaborate to ensure clear and consistent messaging.

Speaking on health security circle, he said there is need for early warning systems, detection, preparedness and response.

“These actions are needed to protect people from public health threats that can spread across borders,” he stated.