House passes Disease Control and Prevention bill

The Nigerian House of Representatives has passed Bill for an Act to provide for establishment of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is to Promote, Coordinate and Facilitate the Prevention, Detection and Control of Communicable Diseases in Nigeria.

This was coming barely four months after the Senate passed the Bill in March.

The Bill, if signed into law, would provide stable intervention and aid government’s medium and long term planning for the detection, monitoring and control of diseases with particular emphasis on infectious diseases.

The bill passed third reading at the plenary on Tuesday. It will be harmonised with what the Senate passed early in the year before transmitting to the President for assent.

Objectives of the bill

If assented to, the bill would among others; Protect Nigerians from the impact of public health diseases, maintain the highest state of alertness in detecting and responding to disease outbreaks, public health disasters, mass morbidity and mortality due to pathogenic, chemical or biological agents.

It will also develop and coordinate measures and activities to control outbreaks and reduce the impact of public health disasters.

The bill will develop and coordinate an information network for reporting and notification of communicable diseases.

The bill will also develop and make accessible, guidelines and standards for relevant public health activities at all levels in the country.

The Disease Control and Prevention bill will assist in communicating with the public on the need to protect themselves from public health threats, facilitate the implementation of International Health Regulations and coordinate its participation in disease control activities.

Lateefah Ibrahim

Source: Voice of Nigeria