Abuja, 8 November, 2019 – In the short time it has existed, Nigeria’s public health institute, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has reported, averted and controlled a myriad of disease outbreaks. A key factor in preventing either the occurrence or the spread of these outbreaks has been their early detection.

Detection includes two types of surveillance: indicator-based surveillance and event-based surveillance (EBS); the latter looks at reports, stories, rumours and other information about health events that could be a serious risk to public health.

In a bid to strengthen EBS within NCDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently supported the introduction of the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) tool, making Nigeria the first country in Africa to adopt the platform.

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