The Lagos State COVID-19 Response Structure in Combating the Virus

Lagos State is known as the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, and her response structure has evolved since the first case was recorded a little over a year ago. The monitoring and response systems have become more effective in the battle against the pandemic. The response in Lagos began with few staff of […]

The FCT COVID-19 Response: Surmounting Challenges as Learning Continue

Over ten months after COVID-19 hit the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the responders from the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCT are still battling several challenges in their response efforts. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) set up on March 20th, 2020 currently operates on nine response pillars with each pillar lead carrying out […]

Using Data and Technology to Track COVID-19 Response in Lagos State

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, data has been a major determinant of the public health response strategy by various countries including Nigeria. It enables public health authorities to understand the transmission patterns of the virus as well as strategically target funding and resources for response activities. In Lagos State, the data generated daily […]

Combating Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the FCT

By Eric Ojo In line with its mandate, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) COVID-19 Response team, has been proactively engaged in tackling the spate of community transmission, which was identified as a cause of the rising wave of new infections in the FCT. The first three COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the FCT on the […]

Dealing with Waste Evacuation in FCT COVID-19 Response

By Eric Ojo According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 85% of the total amount of waste generated by health care activities is general, non-hazardous waste. The remaining 15% is considered hazardous material that could be infectious, toxic or radioactive. Hazardous waste that is not managed properly presents a risk to hospital patients, health […]

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 could help Nigeria prepare for future disease […]

Chronicles of Courage, Fear and Anxiety from FCT’s COVID-19 Frontline

As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic commenced at both national and sub-national levels in Nigeria, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) rose up to the challenges of preparedness and response to COVID-19. Few days after the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on March 20, the Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, promptly […]