NCDC Weekly Epidemiological Report: Issue: Volume 12 No. 21. 15th June 2021

Situation Report
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Building a strong workforce for national health security: NCDC Conducts BL3 PHEM Training

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) continues to fulfil her mandate of protecting the health of Nigerians against deadly epidemic-prone diseases and other public health threats. With many outbreaks recorded and controlled in the past years, one of the key strategies employed has been timely coordination of response for effective management. This has been possible through establishment of Emergency Operations Centre at the national level. In 2017, a national Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC) was established as the NCDC Incident Coordination Centre (ICC) to serve as the national public health intelligence and response coordination hub. Using the principle of the incident management system, the ICC is being operatiionalised to monitor signals and coordinate outbreak response.

Aside the national ICC, the NCDC has also supported all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria to establish and support state-level PHEOCs. We are proud of our state colleagues as they continue to leverage these structures to respond to and control public health emergencies in a timely and coordinated manner. The usefulness of these structures in the overall national and state-wide response to the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak cannot be over-emphasised.

In addition, the NCDC has continued to explore diverse opportunities and strategies to build the capacity of the critical mass of the national and sub-national frontline public health workforce. One of these is the public health emergency management (PHEM) basic level (BL) 3 programme recently established through partnership between the NCDC and US-Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (US-CDC). This is the third in the series of tiered basic PHEM courses. The BL3 PHEM course is usually undertaken upon completion of online BL1 and BL2 courses.

In line with the above, the NCDC and US-CDC from 7th -12th June, 2021 conducted a Cohort 2 PHEM training for public health workforce drawn from State Ministries of Health from South-South and South East regions as well as from Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health. The overall objective of the training was to strengthen the capacity of both national and sub-national frontline responders on PHEM according to minimum common standards and global best practices.

Key outputs from the training were trained public health workforce with mastery of the PHEOC terminologies; appropriate application of the seven-step decision making process; PHEOC modes of operation; basic response management principles, etc.

Expansion and capacity building of the country’s public health workforce is an important aspect of disease preparedness activities. Hence, this training has provided additional pool of experts in the area of PHEM.

The NCDC remains committed to supporting capacity building of the national and states’ workforce for an effective coordination of outbreak preparedness and response for national health security.

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