Monkeypox: Nigeria, UK Sign N7.5bn To Strengthen Health Security

Monkeypox: Nigeria, UK Sign N7.5bn To Strengthen Health Security
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As a means to help strengthen international health regulations (IHR) in Nigeria, British public health institute has reached an agreement with Nigeria.

The agreement which happened days after two patients were hospitalised for monkey pox in the UK was also signed with four other countries is estimated at £16m, around N7.5 billion.

Public Health England (PHE) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) signed the agreement in Abuja to strengthen health security as part of a £16 million project funded by the British Department of Health to support capacities of public health institutes in five countries.

In Nigeria, the project will focus on disease surveillance, emergency preparedness, and response, public health laboratory services as well as workforce development.

British high commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright at the signing called for strong collaboration among public health institutes to ensure global health security.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of PHE, said, “The IHR strengthening project is very much a partnership and invaluable opportunity for both countries to learn from each other. By working together and sharing expertise, both countries become stronger and that is our joint ultimate aim.”

In his response, the chief executive of the NCDC, Ckikwe Ihekweazu appreciates the government of the UK for their support.

“We are grateful for this opportunity which formalises and strengthens the existing relationship between NCDC and PHE,” said NCDC chief executive Chikwe Ihekweazu.

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