NCDC Weekly Epidemiological Report: Volume 9, No. 33 - 30th August, 2019
Lassa fever Clinical Fellowship in Nigeria: Strengthening Workforce for Health Security
In January 2019, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) hosted the first international conference on Lassa fever (LF) with the theme “50 years of Lassa in Nigeria, rising to the challenge”. Widely attended by global LF experts and researchers, the conference provided a unique opportunity to discuss critical ways to respond to Lassa fever outbreaks and share innovative measures such as vaccines under trial.
One of the key recommendations from the conference was the need to improve the country’s capacity for case management of Lassa fever. Our defined strategies included to support the strengthening of treatment centres and increase the number of well-trained physicians and nurses that can effectively manage Lassa fever and other infectious diseases
As part of activities to ensure Nigeria has adequate human resource for the management of Lassa fever cases, NCDC and partners are developing a clinical fellowship program for Lassa fever case management. An initial workshop was held in August and had the following outcomes:
Development of a training curriculum for a four-week fellowship program
Development of a four-week schedule of activities for the program
Identification and assigning of roles and responsibilities to various stakeholders of the program
Determination of criteria for selection of participants for the fellowship
In attendance were Lassa fever experts from NCDC, Irua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre (Owo, Ondo state), Federal Teaching Hospital (Abakaliki, Ebonyi state), World Health Organisation, US Centre for Disease Control, Médecins Sans Frontières and ALIMA foundation.
The Lassa fever clinical fellowship is targeted at health workers in government institutions primarily, especially working in hospitals with treatment centres for the management of infectious diseases. In addition to increasing the number of national experts for LF case management, it is anticipated that the fellowship programme when fully implemented will contribute to improved treatment outcomes of cases.
Through this clinical fellowship and more, we are rising to the challenge of 50 years of Lassa fever in Nigeria.
Summary of Incidents
Ongoing Incidents are defined as confirmed cases where a national EOC or equivalent has been activated
Other incidents are those confirmed cases for which EOC is not activated
Information for this disease was retrieved from the Technical Working Group and Situation Reports
Case Fatality Rate (CFR) for this disease is reported for confirmed cases only
Information for this disease was retrieved from IDSR 002 data
CFR for this disease is reported for total cases i.e. suspected + confirmed
Information for sentinel influenza was retrieved from the laboratory