Minister Inspects TB & Leprosy Centre
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
The Honourable Minister of State, Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has said that the Diagnostic Laboratory which was recently gutted by fire at the National TB and Leprosy Training Centre (NTBLTC), Zaye Zaria, Kaduna State, would soon be rebuilt.
The Minister gave this assurance when he visited the centre recently to assess the extent of damage caused by the incident in order to push the process of repairing and putting the Laboratory back to use in the shortest possible time.
Conducted round the facility by the Head of Department (HOD) Laboratory, Mr. Isiaka Adamu, the Minister said that after the assessment of the damage being carried out by Experts was concluded, the laboratory would be redesigned in order to prevent occurrence in the future.
He also assured that the new design would consider good flow of service movement and all features for fire and bio-safety would be put in place. Ehanire, who was accompanied by the National Coordinator, TB and Leprosy Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebola Lawanson, commended Management and Staff of the centre for the measures they took to stop the fire from spreading and also keeping services running at the facility despite the setback.
In his response, the Principal of the Centre, Dr. Labaran Shehu, appreciated the Minster for his unflinching support for the centre in that Dr. Ehanire had visited the centre twice in the last three months to monitor and ensure the functionality and effectiveness of the Centre, in line with her Mission and Mandate.
On behalf of Management and Staff of the Centre, Dr. Shehu pledged to continuously run the facility with all sense of responsibility and patriotism adding that every resources committed to the centre by the Ministry, Development partners and NGO’s would be utilised judiciously.