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Thought Leadership Series

The True Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance: New Study has Major Implications for Nigeria

By Dr Abiodun Egwuenu (Lead Writer) Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece is a commentary on the Global Research on AntiMicrobial resistance (GRAM) Project written by Dr Abiodun Egwuenu, a Field Epidemiologist and Antimicrobial Resistance Programme Manager with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). It is the first comprehensive global estimate of the […]

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Nigeria Health Watch awards exemplary reporting on Epidemic Preparedness and Response funding

Nigeria Health Watch recently held the second edition of the #PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Awards, an annual ceremony that celebrates TV, radio, and print journalists whose reporting on epidemic preparedness and response has been exemplary in drawing public and policy makers attention to the need to fund activities to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies. […]

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Thought Leadership Series

When a Virus ‘Outstays its Welcome’: Lassa Virus found in the Semen of Survivors 9 Months after Recovery – implications for public health management

Editor’s Note: In this commentary Professor Sylvanus. A. Okogbenin, the Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, discusses the significance of a new ground breaking study just published by his team in the pre-eminent medical journal, The Lancet, in which they describe the persistence of the virus in patients after recovery from acute Lassa […]

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Celebrate Responsibly Campaign: NCDC Intensifies COVID19 Awareness Ahead of the Yuletide Season

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is launching its yuletide season campaign themed #CelebrateResponsibly as part of the #TakeResponsibility campaign which began in February 2020. #CelebrateResponsibly focuses specifically on measures Nigerians need to take to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19 during this period. The #CelebrateResponsibly campaign targets the entertainment industry, transport industry, […]

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Torchlight Series

The NYSC and NCDC Collaboration: A Partnership Inspired by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beyond being mandatory for the advancement of career prospects after graduation from university, completing the national youth service is a thing of pride for many Nigerian graduates. The process is so important that some Nigerians who complete their undergraduate studies in other countries return home to participate in it. Failing to complete the national service, […]

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NCDC Hosts Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology – focuses on lessons from COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks

26 July 2021 | Abuja – NCDC Hosts Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology – focuses on lessons from COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in collaboration with partners is hosting the maiden edition of the Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology (NiCAFE) from the 26th […]

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Update on the Nigeria International Travel Portal

Our attention has been drawn to a report published by the Daily Independent newspaper on the 14th of September 2020, with the title: “Fraud Rocks NCDC COVID-19 Tests For Air Travellers” This report is simply incorrect and based on information that is inconsistent with the truth. In addition, no attempt was made to contact the […]

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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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NCDC REVIEWS LASSA FEVER OUTBREAK RESPONSE AMIDST REDUCING NUMBER OF CASES

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]