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Decline in Lassa Fever Cases as NCDC Sustains Intensive Response

Over the last five weeks, there has been a decline in the number of new cases of Lassa fever reported in Nigeria. In addition, the country has witnessed a reduction in the number of people who have died from the disease, compared to 2018. Interacting with members of the press at a briefing held on […]

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported a decrease in the number of Lassa fever cases reported weekly in the country. This is following the intensive response to the Lassa fever outbreak declared in Nigeria on the 21st of January 2019. Since the beginning of the outbreak, NCDC has activated an Emergency Operations […]

Health Torchlight Series

Find, Stop & Prevent Epidemics: Nigeria Unveils Blueprint for Health Security

“A disease outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere”. – Tom Frieden, Former Director US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Infectious diseases seem to be featuring increasingly in the news in Nigeria. Either it is meningitis in the north-west, Lassa in the south-west or Monkey pox in the South-south. With  its increasing population, tropical […]

Health Thought Leadership Series

Detect and Respond: How Edo State is responding to the Yellow Fever outbreak

The new Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) is alive with activity on a Monday morning in Benin City, capital of Edo State. The buzz in the room is comparable with the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre motor park that shares a fence with the Edo State Hospital Management Board, where the PHEOC is housed. Mrs. […]

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Press Release on activities of the NCDC towards mitigating Lassa fever in Nigeria

Lassa Fever: we are better prepared but there is no magic bullet On 20th December 2016, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a case of Lassa fever in a healthcare worker who had died at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta. The female nurse died before the laboratory result revealed she was positive for […]

Africa Diaspora Health Thought Leadership Series

Can the ASLM Conference reinvigorate Laboratory Medicine in Nigeria?

Iruka Okeke is at the University of Ibadan. She writes this week about the progress made in the world of laboratory medicine in the last five years as portrayed in this year’s African Society for Laboratory Medicine Conference, and what Nigeria still needs to do if it will catch up with the rest of the […]


Is this the breaking of a new dawn in Nigeria’s health sector?

Last Friday’s news flash that President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed new heads to five public health institutions took the Nigerian health sector by surprise, with social media bursting with what could be likened to a collective shout of excitement. The news came without any political musings or rumblings or rumours in the background. The five […]

Africa Diaspora Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Time for courage: Nigeria’s health security and the National Centre for Disease Control

Nigeria defeated Ebola! That was the single story. No one asked about how the N1.9B released for the response was used. What institutional capacity had been built? No one asked how to integrate the National Polio Emergency Operation Centre that took a lot of the credit for the Ebola response into a national emergency centre […]

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Lack of trust in health sector: the underlying cause of the large Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria

Strange deaths in a community in Niger State in 2015 left the community confused, this was followed by a period of uncertainty and anxiety, and they reached out to the only rational explanation they could imagine – the supernatural. By the time the public health authorities were informed and a diagnosis of Lassa Fever was […]

Thought Leadership Series

In search of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control

Earlier this year, we wrote a blog wondering aloud about the N701Million (USD5M) allocated to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that year. We wrote at the time; “we could neither find a physical address nor a website“. We were criticised by some colleagues for not doing enough due diligence to establish the existence and […]