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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]