The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said scientific research to address public health issues in the country can be possible if there are stronger partnerships and investments.
Head of Communications NCDC, Jeremiah Agenyi, made this known in Lagos at the 3rd Annual NCDC and Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP) Scientific Conference recently held in Abuja.
“This gathering also deliberated on the application of epidemiological methods to address public health issues in Nigeria and globally.
“In recent years, the world has experienced the emergence and re-emergence of infectious disease outbreaks.
“This includes Nigeria where outbreaks of Lassa fever, Cerebrospinal Meningitis, Monkey Pox, Cholera, etc have been reported in the last two years.
“The risk of future outbreaks and possible emergence of an unknown disease highlights the urgency and need to build more resilient health systems and national public health institutes,’’ he said in a statement.
It added that “the NFELTP programme currently, in its 10th year, comprises of a network of highly skilled field epidemiologists who play a key role in safeguarding national and global health security.
“The NFELTP residents have supported NCDC in responding to over 300 public health emergencies, including viral hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola, Lassa Fever, Cholera, Cerebrospinal Meningitis and Measles among other diseases in Nigeria.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire in his keynote address at the conference with the theme: “Strengthening Health Security through Field Epidemiology”, underscored the importance of the NFELTP programme.
Also, the Chief Executive of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, restated the importance of stakeholders working together in Nigeria and the need to strengthen public health institutes on the continent to achieve their mandate.