FG okays five university teaching hospitals as sites for disease surveillance

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[Abuja]–The Federal Government has approved Ilorin and Enugu University Teaching Hospitals as special sentinel sites for surveillance of Rotavirus Diarrhea disease and Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis in children and earlier, University Teaching Hospital Benin, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital Lagos as special sentinel sites for Paediatric Bacterial Meningitis (PBM) services.

This was revealed by Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), who made this known in a statement signed by Saadu Salahu, Head, Public Relations Unit of the agency.

According to him, the findings from the sentinel sites would help in information sharing and data collection on rotavirus and pneumococcal disease burden in Nigeria as well as provide additional information on the impact of the vaccine introduction into routine immunization, guide government in making public health policies and interventions.

He said the data from the sites would provide baseline information for different serotypes of rotavirus and other diarrhea causing pathogen diseases before the planned Rotavirus vaccine introduction in 2018 following the WHO recommendation.

He finally said government would work closely with the five sentinel sites and partners to further reduce morbidity and mortality from vaccine preventable diseases; and on this note he enjoined all parents, guardians and caregivers utilise the opportunity provided by the partnership.

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