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United States Strengthens Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response in Nigeria

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United States Strengthens Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response in Nigeria

The U.S. government is committed to promoting the health and well-being of Nigerians through initiatives and training that improve disease prevention, detection and response

LAGOS, Nigeria, September 27, 2021 / APO Group / –

U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo underscored the U.S. government’s commitment and prioritization of public health emergency management as Nigeria strives to meet the goals of the Global Health Security Program (GHSA ) 2024 and meet the requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR) by strengthening workforce development, disease surveillance, emergency response and laboratory capacity.

The consul general spoke at the closing and graduation ceremony on Friday after a two-week capacity building exercise on public health emergency management. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and Georgetown University have collaborated to deliver professional certification training.

Approximately 40 participants from NCDC, state-level ministries of health, Nigerian port health services, and the Nigerian military were certified in the first cohort of the Public Health Emergency Management Professional Certification Program. (PHEM PC) intermediate level adapted from the United States. -CDC was issued by Georgetown University, a leader in public health emergency management training.

The Consul General highlighted the strategic partnership between the United States and Nigeria in strengthening health security and responding to disease threats. “The US government is committed to promoting the health and well-being of Nigerians through initiatives and training that improve disease prevention, detection and response,” she added.

The PHEM PC program has equipped emergency managers, incident managers, state epidemiologists, first responders, watch managers and other public health experts with specialized training in risk communication. crisis and emergency, public health emergency management functions and operations. The knowledge, skills and competencies taught in the course will help managers coordinate public health emergencies.

In 2019, Nigeria became a GHSA Partner Country committed to meeting the GHSA 2024 goals and IHR requirements. PHEM training is part of the US government efforts to support pandemic preparedness in Nigeria and around the world.

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