Nigeria registered its first KOVID case on February 19, 2020. Since then, KOVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. National efforts to contain and manage the epidemic in Nigeria are led by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCC) in partnership with development partners including WHO, CDC and AFENET. Graduates and residents of FELTP Nigeria participate at the strategic, technical and operational levels in the response to the COWID-19 epidemic. As part of national coordination, planning and monitoring, NFELTP graduates have been assigned key strategic positions, among others:
- national team leader
- Technical Assistant, Presidential Task Force KOVID-19.
- Head, Technical Group for the preparation of the incident.
- Deputy Incident Manager, National Emergency Operations Center (NECO).
- laboratory pole
- Chief Operating Officer at the WCC
- Epidemiology Unit Leader of the surveillance unit
- Main communication pole risk
- Epidemiology and Surveillance Pillar at Lagos State EOC
- Leader in Epidemiology and Surveillance at Ogun State EOC
At the operational level, 105 epidemiologists were deployed to 17 states to perform a variety of functions – surveillance and monitoring at ports of entry, DRD members supporting the IASC, contact tracking and control, risk communication and coordination. Some of them are RRT team leaders. We have a number of alumni who serve as core managers in national and subnational CMCs, deputy incident managers in subnational CMCs, and members of the Presidential Task Force at the national level. Nine epidemiologists support the national CDC as part of the state’s operational management. They assist the various components in resolving state issues in a timely and coordinated manner.
In addition, residents and school leavers are actively involved in the rapid implementation of electronic surveillance and real-time outbreak management through SORMAS. In addition, residents support primary screening using self-reporting forms and data collection using ODK, and participate in the production of algorithms and standard operating procedures. Secondary screening is also conducted through case studies.