NCDC Weekly Epidemiological Report: Issue: Volume 11 No. 37: 7th – 13th September 2020


Strengthening the Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance in Nigeria

In 2017, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was designated as the National Coordinating Secretariat for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) related issues in Nigeria. This was followed by the constitution of the National AMR technical working group (TWG) to develop and implement the national AMR roadmap. Since then, the NCDC in collaboration with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as other key stakeholders has continued to implement various activities across the five AMR thematic areas of focus; AMR education and awareness; Surveillance; Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Biosecurity; Antimicrobial Stewardship; Research. This collaboration also led to the development of the National Action Plan for AMR (2017-2022) using a One-Health approach, and Nigeria’s enrollment and reporting to the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS).

As part of the national efforts to ensure seamless implementation of the National Action Plan for AMR, the NCDC on the 28th September of 2020 convened the inaugural meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Coordination Committee. The objective of the meeting was to review the National Action Plan for AMR developed in 2017 and provide strategic guidance on implementing prioritised activities. The meeting had in attendance representatives from the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environment, Health and development partners from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), OIE - World Organisation for Animal Health and Fleming Fund.

An important outcome of the meeting was the agreement on the need for a more strategic approach and enhanced collaboration among all stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of activities across different thematic areas of the National Action Plan for AMR. This will contribute to an improved surveillance capacity for resistance tracking and antimicrobial use, prevention of AMR in health care facilities, food production in the community and ultimately, promotion of appropriate use of antimicrobials.

The NCDC remains committed to working with relevant stakeholders in the fight against AMR in Nigeria.

Summary of Incidents

  1. Information for this disease was retrieved from the Technical Working Group and Situation Reports

  2. Case Fatality Rate (CFR) for this disease is reported for confirmed cases only

  3. Information for this disease was retrieved from IDSR 002 data

  4. CFR for this disease is reported for total cases i.e. suspected + confirmed

  5. Information for sentinel influenza was retrieved from the laboratory