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U.S. disease control director visits Nigeria

By Chinyere AMALU, Abuja
The Director of  the United States (U.S) Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the health agency of the U.S Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, will  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 CDC’s support for strengthening the country’s health care systems and services.

For  2010, the U.S. government has provided Nigeria with over $533 million to support health related programmes and services, including technical support to increase Nigeria’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 “the 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 services”.

“Recently, 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 state”, 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 CDC’s health investments in Nigeria.


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