Vanguard (Lagos)

2 February 2013

Nigeria: Govt Making Progress in Disease Prevention, Control - Health Minister

The Federal Government says tremendous gains have been made in the prevention and control of disease epidemic.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who stated this in Lagos, at a public lecture organised by Nigerian Academy of Science held at the University of Lagos, said there has been a huge success in the prevention and control of disease epidemic such as cerebro- spinal meningitis, measles, lassa fever, guinea worm, poliomyelitis, yellow fever and HIV/AIDS.

Chukwu, who gave the key note address, said: "We have been able to do this over the years with an effective management approach, proper governance, and appropriate strategy, reliable and reproducible mechanism for intervention.

"Our ability to detect and report disease increased tremendously lately as such we are now detecting more outbreaks than we used to do. These are possible with enhanced surveillance which makes it possible for prompt detection of diseases and early intervention".

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