Establishing event based surveillance system in Nigeria: a complementary information
generating platform for improved public health performance, March, 2016
Rabi Usman1, Lawal Bakare2,&, Mahmood Dalhat1, Austin Dada1, Muhammad Balogun1, Saheed Gidado1, Ifeanyi Okudo3, Patrick Nguku1
1Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja, Nigeria, 2Epid Alert Informative Initiative, Nigeria, 3World Health Organization, Nigeria
Lawal Bakare, Epid Alert Informative Initiative, Nigeria
event-based surveillance (EBS) is the organized and rapid capture of information about events that constitute potential risk to public health. EBS has the potential to complement the existing Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and permit rapid assessment and response to public health emergencies in Nigeria. There is paucity of data regarding the status of EBS in Nigeria.
we conducted a descriptive cross-sectional study to determine the availability and utility of EBS in Nigeria. A total of 23 State epidemiologists and 30 Disease Surveillance Notification Officers (DSNOs) were interviewed using self-administered, semi-structured questionnaires. We obtained data on respondentsí awareness of event based surveillance system, availability and functionality of the system, common methods used for reporting health related events and availability of the minimum requirements for event based system. We computed descriptive statistics for data obtained.
about half, 26 (49%) of the total respondents have heard of event based surveillance system. Of this, only 9 (34.6%) described it correctly. Only 17 (45.9%) of the 36 States (plus FCT), have some forms of event based reporting structure. Common methods used for reporting were phone calls, SMS, DSNOs and community informants. No State reported the use of social media/e-mail to report health related events. Ten (58.8%) of the 17 States with some form of event based reporting system have the minimum requirements for an event based surveillance system.
event-based surveillance system is underutilized in Nigeria. The feasibility and utility of EBS should be assessed for possible optimization and adoption at State and federal levels.
Nigeria CDC/Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme 2<sup>nd</sup> Annual Scientific Conference (Abuja)
To create a platform for epidemiologists and public health physicians to share their scientific works, NCDC/NFELTP organized the 2nd annual scientific conference with the theme "strengthening one health through field epidemiology training" at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria from July 5-7, 2017. The objectives of the conference were to provide residents and graduates a forum to share findings from their field activities; provide training opportunity for trainees on scientific communication; provide an opportunity for epidemiological networking as well as create a forum to discuss pertinent public health issues. In attendance were dignitaries from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, WHO, Africa CDC, Ministries Departments and Agencies, University officials and other implementing partners. With the current rise in zoonotic diseases, the conference also featured a two-day pre-conference workshop on One Health which prioritized zoonotic infectious diseases in Nigeria using standardized prioritization methods. A second workshop focused on antimicrobial resistance. There were 38 oral presentations, 60 poster presentations and 2 plenary sessions. The presentations covered various sub-themes ranging from outbreak investigations, case management, health system strengthening, vaccine preventable diseases, communicable diseases and surveillance. The conference featured a National Night and climaxed with awards to outstanding presenters.
Dates: 05 Jul 17 - 07 Jul 17
Venue: Transcorp Hilton Hotel
Organizers: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control / Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme
Contact person: Dr Patrick Nguku (firstname.lastname@example.org)