Responding to The Unknown: Lessons from Edo State COVID-19 Response

A Laboratory Pillar Staff at the Edo PHEOC getting ready to conduct a COVID-19 test

“Coronavirus or wetin you call am no dey. Na lie government dey use am chop money as usual. In fact, even if e dey, na only politicians and rich men e dey catch” said Osazee Timothy (not real name), a commuter in Benin city, the Edo State Capital. He and other passengers in the vehicle […]

How FCT’s Public Health Department Responded to a Virus That Threatened Everyone

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the commitment of healthcare workers to improve outcomes in the frail healthcare system in the country. As nations ease lockdowns and establish preventive measures, there is still a journey ahead in the fight against COVID-19. Key lessons from the management of COVID-19 so far should help Nigeria prepare for future disease […]

In The Midst of Rumors: Kano State’s Response at the Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaration of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEOIC) in January 2020, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) organised a 2-day simulation exercise for states on the outbreak response in Abuja.  On February 27, 2020, the first day of the […]

Kaduna State’s Proactive Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

On 28 February, 2020, barely 24 hours after Nigeria recorded its first coronavirus case, the Kaduna state government activated its Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) to prepare its public health response against the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health system in Kaduna like in many other states in northern Nigeria was not fully prepared to handle an […]