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FG Tasks Field Epidemiologists On Disease Control, Community-based Surveillance

The federal government has charged Nigeria’s field epidemiologists to give priority attention to disease control, community-based surveillance, emergency response and research, as these are pivotal to the long term success in tackling challenges of disease outbreak.

Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole gave this charge yesterday at the opening ceremony of Nigeria Field Epidemiology Training Programme (NFELTP) Annual Scientific Conference held in Abuja.

Speaking on disease spread and response to therapeutics, the minister said ‘’ I am focusing on Lassa fever because if we get it right for Lassa fever, we will also get it right for the other communicable diseases whether it is cholera, Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), Influenza, Middle East Respiratory syndrome (MERS-Co) or even Zika Virus.’’

To this end, Adewole added ‘’we have to be vigilant all the time. To me this is what should keep the trainees and graduates of the program awake at night thinking about pro-active strategies to deal with these diseases under the leadership of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.’’

Also, the minister noted that human capital was a key solution to the challenges in health care delivery system in Nigeria, as such; epidemiologists, amongst a range of other professionals, were critical to the delivery of services including disease prevention.

Professor Adewole assured the epidemiologists of his commitment to support the training programme as well as other capacity building efforts within the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He further informed that the Health Ministry had commenced efforts to ensuring the establishment of a career pathway for the field Epidemiologists to be retained and motivated to continue serving in the public health affairs of Nigeria. Human resources are an investment with endless return if well co-ordinated and well managed.

 

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