NCDC hosts her 5th Annual Scientific Conference titled- “Building Back Better_ COVID-19 and Other Disease Outbreaks”
Since 2016, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in collaboration with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) has held her annual scientific conference on field epidemiology, the NCDC/NFELTP Conference. The 2020 edition could not hold due to the country-wide COVID-19 outbreak. Lessons and best practices learnt from previous conferences have continued to inform our preparedness, response and other public health actions in line with our mandate. To improve the scope of the conference while ensuring ownership and sustainability, the NCDC / NFELTP conference has now been renamed the “Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology (NiCAFE).
This year, given the need to ensure strict compliance with the national COVID-19 protocol, the NCDC hosted a virtual NiCAFE in Abuja from 26th – 28th July 2021 with the pre-conference workshops on 26th July. With the theme “Building Back better - COVID-19 and other Disease Outbreaks”, the NiCAFE provided an opportunity to discuss the epidemiology of infectious diseases in Nigeria and the impact of these on regional and global health security. The objectives of the conference were:
1. Review the epidemiology and severity of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in Nigeria
2. Evaluate the direct and indirect impacts of infectious diseases on the Nigerian health system, including protecting the health workforce
3. Review available public health, economic, and behavioural data to inform the implementation of robust public health and social measures at national and subnational levels
4. Synthesise the lessons learnt from Africa and Nigeria’s response to infectious disease outbreaks
5. Discuss emerging research and evidence on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, and how this can affect future response activities
6. Improve core public health skills of conference attendees through workshops and lectures
7. Discuss the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases on socio-economic activities
The subthemes covered included but were not limited to epidemiology & surveillance; laboratory & diagnostics; health system strengthening; case management; governance and leadership; social sciences & community engagement; research and development etc. We are pleased with the vast knowledge and experience shared via parallel scientific oral sessions. Our renowned invited speakers from diverse backgrounds also shared their wealth of experience and impacted remarkably on the conference attendees.
In his closing remarks, the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu commended our partners - the World Health Organisation, World Bank REDISEE project, US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Resolve to Save Lives, Tony Blair Institute, Public Health England, E-Health Africa and the United States Children Fund for providing strong support and partnership for a successful conference. He also thanked the invited speakers for sharing their wealth of experience, leaving a remarkable impact on the conference attendees. He also appreciated the impressive participation of all conference attendees.
The NCDC will continue to apply all lessons and best practices learnt from the conference to inform and shape our future public health actions.
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