The importance of surveillance cannot be over emphasized, especially if disease eradication is our objective. The Wild Polio Virus (WPV) has caused a lot of havoc in our country though presently on the decline as no new case has been reported in the past one year, guards should not be let down.With the desire of eradicating WPV from our country and continent at large, NSTOP with support from US CDC, is supporting 11 states in surveillance activities. Thus, a two (2) day review meeting was held for the NSTOP supported states in Abuja from September 27-28, 2017, with the objective of reviewing the progress of implementation of the Enhanced Surveillance Project (EPoS) and surveillance performance in intervention states.
During the meeting, it was highlighted that for a country to be certified polio free, AFP requirements must be achieved. Also, a good surveillance system leads to progress and for progress to be achieved, work done should be documented. Work not documented is equivalent to work not done. Polio is no respecter of borders therefore we all should work together to build a stronger team. Surveillance is all about truthfulness and the truth should always be reported. The issue of accountability was also reiterated as the framework needs to be strengthened. Those in attendance were: US CDC director of Immunization, Abuja Office, Dr. Bolu Omotayo; Nigeria centre for Disease control, Director Surveillance, Mrs Ojo (NCDC); Nigeria Primary Health Care Development Agency, Director Surveillance Unit, Dr. Kabiru; WHO; States Epidemiologists; Disease Notification Surveillance Officers (DNSOs) etc.
States made presentations highlighting the impact and challenges of the projects in their states. Some of which were:
- Improvement on timely reporting
- More LGAs are doing better on AFP detection
- Conduct of regular monitoring to health facilities by officers
- Better working relationship with implementing partners
- Improvement on case detection and reporting
- Conduct of active case search in some silent Local Government Areas (LGAs)
- Conduct of planned supportive supervision
- Better accountability to state by LGA officers
- Improvement in documentation of active case search
Author : Admin
Date Published : 2017-10-26 04:34:45
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