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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-6

Challenges of data collection and disease notification in Anambra State, Nigeria

1 Departments of HIV Care and Community Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, University of Nigeria, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
3 Department of Community Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra, Nigeria

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Chinomnso C Nnebue
Department of Community Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, PMB 5025 Nnewi, Anambra
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-0388.130173

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Background/Objective: Disease surveillance and notification (DSN) in Nigeria have been characterized by weaknesses such as insufficiencies in health infrastructure, scientific methods, and concepts of operation; essential human, technical, and financial resources; and international or local policies as well as lack of intra- and intersectoral collaboration. These weaknesses in DSN system thus compromise efficiency and quality of data. This study examined the challenges of data collection and disease notification in Anambra state, Nigeria. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study of 270 healthcare workers selected by multistage sampling technique. Data collection was done using a mix method comprising interviewer administered questionnaires, health facility observational checklist, key informant interviews (KIIs), and desk review. Results: Commonest problems associated with DSN system as mentioned by the health workers were as follows: Most facility workers were not trained on DSN system (23.7%), lacked transportation (15.8%), poorly motivated/poor staff attitude (15.4%), inadequate supply of forms (11.8%), and poor funding (11.4%). An observational checklist on preparedness for DSN showed that 100% of primary and tertiary health facilities had facility records, while 81% at the secondary level had records. Only 51.9% facilities had community health officers (CHOs), while junior community health extension workers (JCHEWs) were more in primary health facilities compared to other levels of care (χ2 = 4.25, P = 0.040). Conclusion: Regular training program on DSN should be encouraged, while regular monthly supervision and quarterly meetings of health facilities should be organized for health facility workers. Regular and adequate information feedback should be emphasized.

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