By G9ija

Country Representative of World Health Organisation (WHO) for Nigeria Dr. Walter Mulombo has advised Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Bello to be vigilant till there is effective vaccine for COVID.

Mulombo spoke when he led officials on a visit to FCTA.

He called for vigilance from the populace till a vaccine was developed, saying: “COVID-19 is here to stay with us for some time until we find an effective vaccine. But until then, minister, you need to remain vigilant. The only tool here is non-pharmaceutical intervention. I’m happy to see that we are wearing face masks.

“It’s very important that we continue to adhere to those principles of social distancing because the other tools are being experimented. So, we need to make sure that what we are seeing, the downward decline in cases actually translates to the truth of what is going on in the communities.”

The WHO Country Representative urged collaboration between his organisation and FCTA for effective control of the disease and its effects on health and economic sides.

Mulombo hailed FCTA for its handling of COVID-19.

Bello, while welcoming the country director, said the FCTA enjoyed a close working relationship with WHO and wished Mulombo a successful tenure.

His Chief Press Secretary Anthony Ogunleye quoted the minister as saying whatever success FCTA had achieved in the sector was also due to the collaboration with WHO.

The minister noted that the priority of FCTA in the health sector was the development of its primary health care system.

He called on WHO to assist in capacity building in ensuring that primary health care centres were self-sustaining with improved funding and better legislation.