In order to provide a formidable response to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus also known as COVID-19, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, today inaugurated an Emergency Response Team.
The Minister explained that the primary responsibility of the team is to confront the disease in all ramifications and curtail its spread.
It would be recalled that the three cases of the Coronavirus were recorded in the FCT yesterday while the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also announced a new confirmed case today.
Bello, who was represented at the event by the Acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Kawu Mohammed said the response team has seven major pillars to address specific areas while a central coordinating committee would oversee the overall affairs of the team.
The specific areas include: Infection Prevention and Control; Epidemiology, Surveillance and Point of Entry as well as Laboratory.
Others are Risk Communication and Social Mobilization; Case Management as well as Health Safety and Welfare. Each of the teams are to be chaired by relevant professionals.
The Minister charged members of the response team to bring their experiences and professionalism to bear in attending to the confirmed cases and also diligently tracking all suspected cases until the the FCT is declared free of the pandemic.
He said so far, 30 cases were reported and tested in the FCT while four were confirmed to be positive, according to a statement issued by Abubakar Sani, the
Senior Special Assistant (Media & Strategic Communications) to the FCT Minister.