Volume 27, Number 3—March 2021
Evaluation of National Event-Based Surveillance, Nigeria, 2016–2018
|Assessment||Staff quote (staff role)|
|EBS system enabled early detection of outbreaks and largely met its objectives for providing information to enable prompt identification of appropriate signals for verification and public health action
||A lot of outbreaks across Nigeria are underreported. For example, if you are reported of five cases of a certain disease happening in one area, it is likely that there are actually a lot more cases in the community. The other issue is that some health facilities do not report routine data. EBS helps fill that gap. (Data manager)
|Underdetection of events in areas where English was not the main spoken language
||Language translation in Nigeria is an issue. There are three main languages that are competing with English. There is a large population that know how to speak and write in Hausa but cannot read or understand English. (Director)
|Suboptimal recording limited effective oversight||We need something better to record what happens. When something is escalated… there needs to be an electronic record of it where I can view it and see what it is concerning and whether it has been followed up and what the action taken was. (Deputy director)|
*EBS, event-based surveillance.
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