President Goodluck Jonathan has asked Nigerians to be at full alert on Ebola Disease Virus as the government battles to control its spread.
The President said when he commissioned the National Trauma Centre in Abuja today: “we must remain at high alert.”
The President who called on Nigerians not to panic over the diseases, asked them to take the highest possible care in hygiene and contact by adhering to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of health.
“We have put measures and facilities in place, for detection and management and are working in concert with the international community to stem its spread.”
President Jonathan who was represented at the commissioning by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, said that he is determined to providing world class healthcare services to Nigerians through adequate funding as well as provision of modern facilities and well trained personnel. He said that conducive environment for healthcare workers, as well as institution of people oriented policies would also be provided.
“Providing modern healthcare infrastructure such as this Trauma Centre and others is a cardinal objective of our Transformation Agenda, as prioritized under the National Strategic Health Development Plan,” the President said, adding that Trauma Centre functions optimally when its component units work together.
He charged all healthcare workers, particularly those that would be assigned to the Centre to work in unity.
He said that as health personnel, they are integral part of the team for the delivering comprehensive care that would be needed by distressed patients.
The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu said that the Centre is one of the many projects contained in the Federal Government’s strategic plan, aimed at providing efficient, cost effective and timely healthcare services to Nigerians.
He said that the Centre would handle all forms of trauma, including injuries from falls, fires, accidents, natural or man-made disasters, including terrorist activities.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the National Hospital Board, Dr. Tony Okam said that the Centre is the first of its kind in the country, saying that it is a hospital within a hospital, with state of the art healthcare facilities. [myad]