Evaluation of measles case-based surveillance system in Edo State, Nigeria, 2016
Ibrahim Abiodun Seriki1,&, Muhammed Balogun1, Osamwonyi Irowa2
1Nigeria Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja, Nigeria, 2Edo State Ministry of Health, Nigeria
Ibrahim Abiodun Seriki, Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria
measles is one of the leading causes of death in children despite availability of effective and accessible measles vaccine. In 2015, over 134,200 deaths were recorded globally. Measles infection is endemic in Nigeria with outbreaks recorded all year round. In Nigeria, measles surveillance is active and it involves case reporting and feedback. The objectives of measles surveillance include predicting outbreaks by identifying geographic locations and age groups at risk and evaluating vaccination strategies. We described the surveillance system, assessed the system attributes and performance indicators.
we interviewed 20 stakeholders using CDC 2001 guidelines for evaluating public health surveillance system. Guideline for measles surveillance and outbreak response in Nigeria was also used to assess the systemís attributes and performance indicators. We obtained January - December 2016 measles surveillance data from Edo State Ministry of Health. Data was analyzed using Epi-info 7.0 to determine frequencies, rates and proportions.
out of 142 suspected cases, 7 (4.9%) were laboratory confirmed (Measles IgM+). Only one (5.5%) Local Government Areas (LGA) reported at least 2 cases a year (Target ≥ 80%). Annual rate of investigation of suspected measles case was 4.4/100,000 (Target ≥ 2/100,000). Proportion of samples that arrived at laboratory within 48 hours was 8% (Target ≥ 80%). Proportion of test results received within a week was 62% (Target ≥ 80%). Proportion of samples arriving at laboratory in good condition was 72% (Target ≥ 90%). Out of the 20 interviewed stakeholders, 16 (80%) found the system difficult to use while all the 20 (100%) agree that it was useful. However, 14 (70%) mentioned that they will benefit from quarterly re-training.
measles case-based surveillance system in Edo State in the year 2016 was
useful and representative. However, the system is not meeting its objectives
of detecting and predicting outbreaks. Laboratory component and the feedback
system need to be improved.
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
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