Proceedings of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control/Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme 2nd Annual Scientific Conference (Abuja, 2018)

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Evaluation of Kaduna State meningitis surveillance system: 2014 - 2015

Cite this: Pan African Medical Journal - Conference Proceedings. Apr 2018; 8(8): 96. doi:10.11604/pamj.cp.2018.8.96.697

Submitted: 22 Jan 18   Accepted: 24 Jan 18   Published: 13 Apr 18

Key words: Meningitis, Kaduna State, evaluation, surveillance

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Corresponding author: Ummulkhulthum Abubakar Bajoga, Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja, Nigeria (kumsiela@gmail.com)

This abstract is published as part of the proceedings of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control/Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme 2nd Annual Scientific Conference(NIGERIA, )

Evaluation of Kaduna State meningitis surveillance system: 2014 - 2015

Ummulkhulthum Abubakar Bajoga1,&, Aishatu Abubakar2, Anthony Shamang3, Abayomi Olufemi1, Mahmood Dalhat1, Hadiza Balarabe4, Patrick Nguku1

 

1Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Program, Abuja, Nigeria, 2Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, 3Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Kaduna, Nigeria, 4State Primary Health Care Agency, Kaduna, Nigeria

 

 

&Corresponding author
Ummulkhulthum Abubakar Bajoga, Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja, Nigeria

 

 

Abstract

Introduction: Kaduna State is located in the northern part of Nigeria and falls within the meningitis belt where outbreaks of meningitis occur frequently. Laboratory confirmation of all cases is required to identify the strain of the causative organism. We evaluated the surveillance system to identify key attributes of the system and to assess perception of key stakeholders regarding cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) and its surveillance in Kaduna State.

 

Methods: the evaluation was conducted using the CDC updated guidelines for evaluating Public Health Surveillance systems and WHO Standard Operating procedures for enhanced meningitis surveillance in Africa. It was conducted in Kaduna State. We administered questionnaires, conducted key informant interviews and desk reviews. We also analyzed 2014 and 2015 meningitis surveillance data using Integrated Disease and Surveillance Data 002 and 003 forms. Data were presented in frequencies and proportions.

 

Results: specialized training is needed to collect samples. Ten respondents (83%) stated that they are willing to handle additional change to the surveillance system. There is a broad case definition which is likely to detect all cases of CSM. Only public health facilities were reporting to the system. There was no laboratory confirmation of any of the cases and the timeliness and completeness of reporting were both below 50%. Eleven out of the 12 respondents (91.7%) felt that CSM is of Public Health importance in Kaduna state because it has serious complications, frequent outbreaks and high disparities between rich and poor. Ten respondents (83%) stated CSM surveillance system was still meeting its objectives.

 

Conclusion: CSM is of public health importance in Kaduna State. The system is sensitive, flexible, complex but not representative. Stakeholders felt CSM is of public health importance and the surveillance system is meeting the objectives it was set up for. We recommended that the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency should engage with Board of private health facilities to increase reporting from these facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Country: NIGERIA

Dates: 05 Jul 17 - 07 Jul 17

Venue: Transcorp Hilton Hotel

Organizers: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control / Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme

Secretariat: gchinyere@afenet.net

Contact person: Dr Patrick Nguku (pnguku@afenet.net)