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FG launches disease surveillance project to tackle epidemics

FG launches disease surveillance project to tackle epidemics

-World Bank sets up REDISSE project for West African countries

- Chikwe Ihekweazu, chief executive of NCDC, says REDISSE is financed through a World Bank credit

- WHO raises alarm as Lassa fever kills 142 in Nigeria since January

The federal government has launched a regional disease surveillance systems enhancement (REDISSE) to quicken response to epidemics.

Daily Trust reports that REDISSE project was set up by the World Bank to cover all West African countries in the wake gaps shown by the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the region.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, chief executive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said REDISSE, was financed through a World Bank credit.

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“It will focus on strengthening the disease preparedness and response architecture in these countries, including Nigeria."

"This will support the development of a robust public health emergency preparedness and response system, a main priority for NCDC," he said.

"The World Bank credit facility also aims at minimising the economic consequences of disease outbreaks."

Ihekweazu stated that REDISSE funding would enable Nigeria have increased access to flexible and easily deployable resources.

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Meanwhile, in its recent report, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed that Lassa fever has killed 142 people in Nigeria since the start of 2018.

The agency said this on Thursday, April 5, reporting a rise of 32 fatalities in one month. It reported:

“Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 142 deaths. Cases have been recorded in 20 of Nigeria’s 36 states, Vanguard reports.

“Eight states have exited the active phase of the outbreak while 12 states remain active,” it said. On March 6, the NCDC reported 110 deaths in 18 states."

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