The new Country Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo has called on Nigerians to be vigilant until a vaccine is developed for the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in Abuja yesterday, Mulombo noted that the only tool for the pandemic is non-pharmaceutical intervention.
He stated that it is very important to continue to adhere to the principles of social distancing, because the other tools are being experimented, until effective vaccine for the virus is found.
The Country Representative also called for collaboration between the WHO and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for the effective control of the disease and its effects on both the health and the economy.
Mulombo also commended the administration for its role in the eradication of polio in Nigeria, which he noted has paved the way for the entire African continent being certified as polio free, even as he pledged to support the FCTA in its efforts at ensuring that many residents are enrolled in the FCT Health Insurance Scheme (FHIS).
Responding, FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, called on the WHO to assist the administration in the areas of capacity building, to ensure that primary healthcare centres are self-sustaining.
Bello noted that whatever successes the FCTA had achieved in the sector was due to the collaborative efforts with the WHO, adding that the priority of the administration in the health sector was the development of the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.