User of the Month – October 2019

In the month of September 2019, SORMAS was deployed to Oyo State where over 80 users were trained on the use of the disease surveillance Outbreak management tool.

In one month, reporting and surveillance has greatly improved in the state and this month we are happy to announce the October Best User of the Month as the University College Hospital Informant, Mrs. O.O Olopha.

Winners for Previous Months include – The Federal Medical Center Case Management OfficerMs. Sule Titilola Deborah for the month of September and Yenagoa Surveillance Officer of Bayelsa State- Mr. Oyaba Diemebonso for the Month of August.

 

CDC Atlanta meets SORMAS Nigeria

Public Health partnerships are prominent strategies for health system improvement, helping to improve conditions and outcomes related to health. Partners can share expertise, skills, and resources hence effective service delivery.

In Nigeria, SORMAS through the commitment of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control keeps thriving through partnerships.

Last week, our Nigeria team had a meeting with delegates from the Centre for Disease Control, Atlanta to discuss how to harmonize other event-based surveillance tools with SORMAS platform. #PublicHealth #Partnerships #DigitalSurveillance #Nigeria

 

Digital Surveillance in Oyo State, Nigeria

The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is not relenting in his effort in having Digital Surveillance in every state in Nigeria by 2020.  Through the coordination of the NCDC, the SORMAS Nigeria team deployed SORMAS to Oyo State on 23rd – 27th September 2019.

Oyo State is one of the three States carved out of the former Western State of Nigeria in 1976, located in the South-West geopolitical zone of Nigeria, consisting of 33 Local Government Areas. with its capital in Ibadan, one of the second largest and arguably one of the most robust indigenous cities in the country. Prior to this deployment, SORMAS was first evaluated in Oyo in July 2015.


The Scope of Implementation takes a painstaking process of stakeholder involvement through advocacy, training, deployment of devices and field support remotely and onsite. The training method involves didactic lectures, simple and complex scenarios of entering cases during the practical session, an audio-visual overview of the SORMAS application, a troubleshooting guide and mentoring.

After the training, SORMAS users are also given field support through the NCDC Toll-free line, a dedicated number of IT officer for remote support. This is followed by an immediate One-week post-training supportive supervision.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has made significant strides in having a case-based surveillance system that would specifically report, manage and analyze priority notifiable infectious diseases in the country in the most effective and efficient manner and the implementation of SORMAS in Oyo State is major stride.

SORMAS Case Management Module – A tool for Hypothesis Generation for Evidence-Based Practice and Outbreak Management in Nigeria

By Adewole Adekola & Uzoho Chukwuemeka E

The outbreak of various emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases (with notable example of the Lassa and Ebola outbreak) in West Africa has in recent years underscored the importance of case notification, contact tracing and follow-up consequent of appropriate data collection and surveillance. In the wake of this outbreak, the Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) was developed to meet this demand and facilitate efficient, timely and real-time digitized reporting of cases and response management. The significant improvement in the outbreak and routine disease surveillance associated with the use of SORMAS by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has played a vital role in the coordination of the emergency response and preparedness for various outbreaks in Nigeria.


Taking the holistic integration of laboratory and clinical epidemiological data reporting incorporated in the SORMAS platform further, a case management module has been integrated into the platform.

The SORMAS case management module is intended to enhance the robustness of the SORMAS platform as an important outbreak management tool. The collation of clinical case management data provided by this module as part of the recent rollout is intended to provide a central multi-institutional registry for outbreak case reporting and clinical case management. This module would potentially provide a sustainable and efficient central data system for data towards generating evidence for existing management practices, therapeutic guidelines, informing policies and development of novel contextualised outbreak interventions. This system, with the interrogation of the collated data, would also potentially serve as a basis for hypothesis generation to inform various clinical studies such as randomised clinical trials. The large sample size this database would potentially provide would also significantly increase the inferential power from the analysis making it suitable as a benchmarking aid for the justification of the effectiveness of existing practices.

 

Digital Surveillance in every State in Nigeria

Digital Surveillance to be in every State in Nigeria as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), plans to roll out SORMAS in all State in Nigeria by Q1 2020……..  as Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has prioritized rollout in every state.

See tweet below………

4TH NCDC/NFELTP SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE 2019 #NFELPTX19

The 4th NCDC/NFELTP Annual Scientific conference held on the 10th -11th September 2019, in Nigeria.

The conference is the largest gathering of field epidemiologists in Nigeria, this year it had the theme- Applied Epidemiology: providing evidence for Public Health Action. Meet our Nigeria team at the conference- See tweet below…..

SORMAS deployed in more States in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control continues to expand digital disease surveillance across the States through the use of SORMAS. 

Few weeks ago, our SORMAS Nigeria team deployed the @SORMAS_open software to 2 States in Nigeria namely #Anambra State and #CrossRiver State, through the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF @HUWEgov) for public health emergencies. Making it the 13 SORMAS fully deployed States and 233 LGAs using SORMAS for digital disease surveillance in Nigeria. The Nigeria team is currently deploying  in Kebbi, the last state for this phase of deployment.

 

SORMAS mentioned in the Lancet Journal of Infectious Disease

Our latest paper on #monkeypox has just been published in @TheLancet!

 SORMAS Best User for the Month of May, 2019

All growth depends on activity, there’s no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. – Calvin Coolidge

SORMAS Nigeria currently covers over 194 LGAs in Nigeria with the Disease Surveillance Notification Officer (DSNOs) at the crux of the all data reporting from these local governments. Their effort, acceptance and hard work has resulted in several improvements on the platform.

To motivate effective usage, SORMAS celebrates the excellent work of SORMAS users by awarding the best user each month. This is done by a painstaking process of selection of the best report/user for the month across the States using a selection metrics which is mainly based on timeliness, completeness of data report and investigation done.

For the month of May 2019, we are glad to announce the Winner- Best User for the Month of May as the Yenagoa SO of Bayelsa State. (Mr. Oyaba Diemebonso).

Bayelsa State (Nigeria) has been the hotspot state of several outbreak diseases such as CSM, Monkeypox and Cholera.

To every #SORMAS User- we say #KeepPushing