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.

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