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FCT Minister tasks health professionals on unity to defeat COVID-19

13th Jul, 2020 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has enjoined all health professionals to collaborate and work with each other to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister said this when a delegation from FCT branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) paid a courtesy visit to FCT Administration (FCTA) last Thursday.

Malam Bello acknowledged and commended the good work of all health workers in FCT, especially for their efforts at combating the coronavirus. He, however, reminded them that the attainment of success against the disease is dependent on the various health professionals working in synergy. The Minister added that the successes recorded in FCT were hinged on collaborative efforts of the various health professionals working closely and collaborating with each other, and urged them to continue to function as a unified team in the fight against COVID-19.

He also pledged that FCTA will continue to partner with PSN in its activities as a large number of its members are staff members of FCTA who are also involved in the fight against coronavirus. On the issue of drug abuse in society, Malam Bello urged PSN to forge a robust relationship with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and work out a strategy to ensure the active participation of PSN members in the fight against drug abuse in communities.

Speaking on the request by PSN that community pharmacies be also designated as COVID-19 testing centers, the Minister said that implementing this request will be quite difficult considering the highly technical nature of the establishment of testing centers which included configuration and certification by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Earlier in his submission to the Minister, Chairman of FCT branch of PSN and leader of the visiting delegation, Pharmacist Jelili Adewale Kilani, commended FCTA for the support it has always rendered to the association and sought for areas of collaboration between PSN and the Administration.

To support the FCTA COVID-19 fight, the PSN, during the visit, made donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), first aid materials and hand hygiene products produced by the body. Also at the meeting were Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Borno; Acting General Manager, FCTA Hospital Management Board, Dr. Francis Alu; Director of Department of Human Resource Management, Alhaji Mohammed Bashir, and other senior members of staff of FCTA.

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According to the Minister, Sir Ohaa never shied away from difficult situations, a trait which he added he (Minister) found very useful in the running of the affairs of FCTA, adding that the job of Permanent Secretary of the nation's capital's bureaucracy was not an easy one.

Director of Public Health, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, has counseled residents of the Territory to distance themselves from persons who fail to put on face masks.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubarka Adamu, received three operational vehicles donated by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to the Nigeria Police Force in support of ongoing efforts at repositioning the Force for optimal performance.

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commended Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for its efforts in development of basic education in the Territory.


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