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By Stanley Nwanosike

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended the Enugu State government for being open to assess in a subnational health security assessment.

Dr Shola Haruna, team leader, Office of International Health Regulations (IHR), WHO Nigeria, praised it in Enugu on Saturday.

Haruna spoke at the end of a week-long subnational health security assessment of core capacities of the International Health Regulations (IHR).

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the assessment workshop is sub-theme: “Strengthening epidemic preparedness across Nigeria”.

He called on all state health units – ministries of health, agriculture and the environment – to continue working together to achieve the best in human and animal health.

“When it comes to health issues, it is not just the responsibility of the health ministry, but all stakeholders should be involved,” she said.

She praised the state health ministry staff for understanding each other on health security as it had helped them work together and had a framework that would advance health.

Dr Oyaladun Okunromade, head of Nigeria’s IHR and One-Health Center for Disease Control (NCDC), said Enugu’s total availability score was 36%.

Okunromade listed areas with critical needs to include policy and legislation, health security financing, multisectoral coordination at all levels and human resource capacity building.

She commended the state for its leadership role and for being the first in Nigeria and on the African continent to be evaluated.

“Enugu State is the first state to engage in the health security assessment of the core capacities of international health regulation,” she said.

In response, state health commissioner Professor Ikechukwu Obi said the ministry has done its internal and joint assessments before.

According to Obi, the tools used for internal and joint evaluations were among the tools used today for external evaluation by WHO.

He assured WHO, NCDC and other health partners that the state would carefully study the assessment recommendations and improve its health indices and coordination in all areas.

The IHR assessment team assessed the emergency preparedness of the ministries of health, agriculture and the environment to address emerging epidemics and disease outbreaks. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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