By Chinyere AMALU, Abuja
The Director ofÂ the United States (U.S) Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the health agency of the U.S Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, willÂ begin a 5-day visit to Nigeria on Saturday.
His visit would pave way for him to engage with the government of Nigeria and her partners on CDCâ€™s support for strengthening the countryâ€™s health care systems and services.
ForÂ 2010, the U.S. government has provided Nigeria with over $533 million to support health related programmes and services, including technical support to increase Nigeriaâ€™s capacity to develop its health infrastructure and the capacity of Nigerians to support these programmes and services.
A statement from the U.S Embassy in Abuja, stated that â€œthe CDC, and its partner agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administer over U.S. $197 million of that investment, providing extensive expertise in epidemic response, disease surveillance, public health research, clinical and laboratory servicesâ€.
â€œRecently, CDC and its local staff have provided environmental health and laboratory support to the Ministry of Health in responding to the lead poisoning outbreak in Zamfara stateâ€, it added.
During his visit, Dr. Frieden will observe several HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs, as well as polio, tuberculosis, and influenza activities.
He will tour several hospital and laboratory facilities supported by CDCâ€™s health investments in Nigeria.