NCDC Weekly Epidemiological Report: Issue: Volume 11 No. 51: 14th – 20th December 2020

Situation Report
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NCDC’s Yuletide Communication Campaign: Implication for COVID-19 Control in 2021

In the last few months, many countries in the world have been begun to experience a “second wave” of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, with a sudden increase in the number of cases and deaths reported. Nigeria has been recording increasing number of cases in the last eight weeks, across states. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in leading the public health response, has continued to escalate response activities including risk communications.

The Christmas/New Year period is usually associated with an increase in travel, social events and gatherings. However, these are risk factors that contribute to the spread of COVID-19. In anticipation of this and associated public health risks, one of the key pro-active strategies employed by the NCDC was an intensive risk communication campaign developed specifically for the Yuletide season.

The NCDC launched a “Celebrate Responsibly Campaign” to raise awareness on measures to take, in reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread among Nigerians. This was done in collaboration with the PTF-COVID-19, State Departments of Public Health, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Nigeria Health Watch, media houses etc.

The key achievements and outputs from the campaign were:

  1. 13 call-in radio appearances

  2. Six television appearances

  3. Six State-level media engagements (Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Abia, Yobe and Zamfara)

  4. 20.2 million impressions on facebook

  5. 1.34 million impressions on twitter

  6. 361 thousand impressions on Instagram

  7. 4.6 million impressions on telegram

As we begin the new year, and given the increasing spread of COVID-19, we urge all Nigerians to continue adherence to COVID-19 public health and safety measures. Wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance. These are proven measures to reduce the risk of spread of this disease, that continues to affect lives and livelihood.

In the coming days, the NCDC will continue the next phase of the ‘Take Responsibility’ campaign, reminding Nigerians of these critical measures. We remain committed to working with all relevant stakeholders to protect Nigerians from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through timely risk communications.

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