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NCDC: Functions and other details

Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) is a Federal Government agency responsible for the protection of public health and safety through the control and prevention of communicable diseases in Nigeria. NCDC is the leading National Health public institute in Nigeria under the Federal Ministry of Health.

NCDC coordinate surveillance system to

  • Collect data on disease
  • Analyze data on diseases
  • Work on such data collected of disease of importance to Nigerian community

Functions of NCDC

NCDC is charged with the following functions

  • NCDC prevents, detect and control the disease of public health
  • Coordinations surveillance system to collect, analyze and interpret data on disease of public health importance
  • Support states in response to small/minor disease outbreak
  • Take the lead in response to major disease outbreak

History of NCDC

NCDC was established in 2011 by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration. The federal government moved some staff of the Federal Ministry of Health to set up NCDC.

On establishment five departments were created in NCDC. The five departments in NCDC were Epidemiology Division, the Avian Influenza Project and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme.

In 2018, the President Mohammadu Buhari signed into law an act to establish the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

NCDC Headquarters: 801 Ebitu Ukiwe St, Jabi, Abuja

NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network Centers and their address

There are twenty three NCDC Laboratory Centers in Nigeria and they are

1. NCDC National Reference Laboratory Abuja

2. Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo

3. Lagos University Teaching Hospital

4. African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease, Osun

5. Nigerian Institute for Medical Research, Lagos

6. University College Hospital, Ibadan

7. Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakiliki

8. Influenza Lab, Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital, Kano.

9. National Veterinary Research Institute, Jos, Plateau State

10. University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital

11. Rivers State University Teaching Hospital

12. University of Benin Teaching Hospital

13. Bayero University Kano

14. 54gene mobile molecular laboratory, Lagos

15. 54gene mobile molecular laboratory, Ogun

16. Delta State University Teaching Hospital

17. Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna

18. DNA Lab, a private sector lab in Kaduna

19. University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital

20. The Lagos State Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory

21. Virology Laboratory of University College Hospital, Ibadan

22. Mohammadu Buhari Teaching Hospital Kano

23. Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto

24.Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa

25. Everight Diagnostic & Laboratory Services, Imo State

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