NCDC recruiting for surveillance support officers

NCDC recruiting for surveillance support officers

- NCDC is asking Nigerians to apply for the position of surveillance support officers

- The supports officers will be responsible for supporting the state epidemiologist in developing and implementing outbreak preparedness and response activities among others

- Candidates must also have first degree in Human Medicine, Veterinary medicine among others

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) is recruiting for short term consultancy - surveillance support officers in 19 states

The states include Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, Kebbi, Borno, Osun, Enugu, Niger, Kwara, Benue, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa, Jigawa, Ekiti, Kogi, Ogun, Cross River, Imo and Abia.

According to NCDC, the supports officers will be responsible for supporting the implementation of SORMAS in the state, supporting the state epidemiologist in developing and implementing outbreak preparedness and response activities, supporting the state epidemiologist in strengthening coordination between surveillance and laboratory teams among other duties.

Also, the candidate must have at least 6 years’ experience with the Nigeria’s surveillance system or monitoring and evaluation or field research and must also have first degree in Human Medicine, Veterinary medicine, Public Health or any health or biological science related discipline.

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More details can be found in NCDC website

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that amid intensified efforts on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that 4,000 Covid-19 tests should be conducted daily.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), made this known during the presidential task force meeting on Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 15.

Ihekweazu said the president mandated the NCDC to increase testing in Lagos to 2,000; FCT, 1,000 and the rest of Nigeria to 1,000 per day.

"We now have the capacity to test 1,500 people per day across the network. This capacity is not being fully utilized at the moment.

"The challenge right now is not the laboratory testing capacity, it is how active our public workforce is in identifying samples, collecting and sending them for testing.

“We have sufficient capacity to test 1,500 right now and we’re not close to exhausting that capacity every day. But from today, we’ve to push even harder.

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"Our target following President’s speech is to get 2,000 samples per day in Lagos, 1,000 in Abuja and 1,000 for the rest of the country," Ihekweazu said.

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