The FCT Administration is already working on a blueprint to wipe out or control some neglected tropical diseases in the 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory.
The FCT Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Demola Onakomaiya made this disclosure while receiving Michael W. Marine, an Ambassador and Chief Executive Officer of Sabin Vaccine Institutes, USA in his office at Area 11, Garki, Abuja.
The Secretary remarked that such diseases now been focused include Onhocerchiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis; Soil Transmitted Helminthes (STHs), Leprosy, Buruli Ulcer as well as Trachoma and other preventable Blindness.
Dr. Onakomaiya reiterated that the control of these diseases in the Federal Capital Territory so far achieved, no longer constitute a public health problem.
According to him, was achieved through collaborative efforts of the FCT Administration, Federal Ministry of Health, Christofell Blinden Mission (CBM); African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC); Leprosy Mission Nigeria, Sight Savers & Standard Chartered Bank as well as Health Department of the six Area Councils in the FCT.
He restated the commitment of the FCT Administration under Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed (CON), to ensure the complete elimination of these diseases by the end of 2020.
The Secretary revealed that the FCT Administration has adopted integrated strategy for their effective control due to the dwindling Donor Support and will continue to engage the Village Heads and community members to participate in the control programmes to sustain it.
Speaking earlier, the Ambassador and Chief Executive Officer of Sabin Vaccine Institutes, USA, Michael W. Marine, said that Sabin Vaccine Institute was founded in 1993 in honour of Dr. Albert B. Sabin, who developed the Oral Polio Vaccine.
Ambassador Marine stated that the organization was founded in order to reduce needless human suffering from vaccine preventable and neglected tropical diseases through innovative vaccine research and development; adding that advocacy for improved access to existing vaccines and essential medicines for all people in need will be encouraged.
He lamented that Nigeria has more than 100 million people afflicted with one or more neglected tropical disease and his organization intends to seek help for the country.