Nigerian Government launches call centres for public health emergencies

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The Federal Government has launched a Public call centre at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that will serve the country on all Public Health emergencies.

This was contained in a press statement issued by the Director Media and Public Relations to the Minister of Health, Mrs Boade Akinola, in Abuja.

Launching the call centre, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole reiterated the determination of the present administration to provide access to health care information that will keep diseases away from Nigeria.

He urged Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the centre to help government prevent diseases, especially the current Lassa fever outbreak.

The Minister also called on citizens who have symptoms of Lassa fever to call any of the ten (10) numbers 097000010  to  19 from anywhere in the country and such will be directed to the appropriate  state Epidemiologist or refer them to the nearest health facility.

He also said, where possible, patients could be picked-up from their locations and taken to the nearest health facility.

He assured the public that any one that uses this call facility will certainly receive help.